Relatives of the Muslim Family Killed in Truck Attack Urge Canadians to Stand Against Islamophobia

Relatives of the Canadian Muslim family killed in what police described as a “premeditated” truck attack “because of their Islamic faith” called on the country to stand against hate and Islamophobia.

“We need to understand that the destruction of a family in the brutal and horrific manner like this is something we must all stand against,” the relatives said in statement released to the media, two days after what many describe as a terrorist attack fueled by hate.

“The rest of the community must take a strong stand against this, from the highest levels in our government to every member of the community,” the relatives urged.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he already spoke with London Mayor Ed Holder and London-based Attorney Nawaz Tahir “to let them know we’ll continue to use every tool we have to combat Islamophobia.”

The National Council of Canadian Muslims launched a petition to call for a national summit “to take immediate action on dismantling both violent forms of Islamophobia and systemic Islamophobia.”

The relatives identified the victims as 74-year-old Talat Afzaal, 46-year-old Salman Afzaal, 44-year-old Madiha Salman, and 15-year-old Yumna Afzaal.

The attack also left the youngest member of the family, nine-year-old Fayez, in serious condition. He remains in the hospital for his injuries.

Last June 6, Nathaniel Veltman plowed his truck into the Muslim family who were out for their evening walk in the city of London in Ontario.

Police arrested Veltman later in the evening and charged him with first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

London police also said that they are working with federal authorities to investigate potential terrorism charges.


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