A 20-year-old man dressed in “body armor” and drove his truck into a family, killing four, had a horrific motive, local. A Canadian community is mourning after four were killed on Sunday in a premeditated attack motivated by “hatred”.
Police say a 20-year-old man dressed in “body armor” deliberately drove his truck into ain London, Ontario, “because they were Muslim”. The 7km from the scene, having fled after what has been described as a “planned, premeditated act motivated by hate”.
Detective Superintendent Paul Waight said evidence suggests the family was targeted because of their religion. Canada’s Minister of PublicBlair, described it as a “horrific act of Islamophobia”. They believe the family was was motivated by his hatred of Muslims,” he said. The victims’ names were not released, but they , a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman, and a 15-year-old girl — three generations of the same family.
A nine-year-old boy was also hospitalized following the attack and is recovering.
“Let me be clear, this was an act of mass murder perpetrated against Muslims, against Londoners, rooted in unspeakable hatred,” saidEd Holder. A vigil in memory of the victims is set to take place on Tuesday at a local mosque. Bouquets of flowers were seen at the scene of the attack.
The suspect, Nathaniel Veltman, has been charged with four counts of first-degreemurder. Waight said local authorities are also liaising with federal general about adding “possible terrorism charges”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he was “horrified” by the attack.
“To the loved ones of those who were terrorized by yesterday’s act of hatred, we are here for you,” he said, singling out the nine-year-old in the hospital. “To thein London and Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you. Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities. This hate is insidious and despicable – and it must stop,” he added.
The attack took place late on Sunday, police say when the family was out walking together.
The suspect’s black ute mounted the curb and struck them as they waited to cross the intersection. police reviewed ’The attack, which brought back painful memories of a Quebec City mosquein January 2017 and a driving rampage in Toronto that killed ten people in April 2018, drew swift condemnation. Waight offered few details of the investigation but noted that the suspect’s social media postings were reviewed by police.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was “beyond horrified and demanded justice” for the family who was just “out for a walk” on a warm spring evening. This is a acts of violence must stop.on Canadian soil and must be treated as such,” Mustafa Farooq, the council’s president, told Radio Canada. The Muslim Association of Canada also to “prosecute this horrific attack as an act of hate and terrorism.” “Hate and Islamophobia have NO place in Ontario,” tweeted Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “These heinous