Canadian family killed in ramming were targeted for being Muslim

Canadian family killed in ramming were targeted for being Muslim

The family was out for a walk in London's north end at around 8:40 p.m.

A pickup truck mounted the curb and hit the victims in the city of London, Ontario province.

"There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act and that the family was targeted due to their Muslim faith", said Waight.

"It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim..."

Police arrested a 20-year-old man from London a short time after the incident occurred, around 10 minutes away from the scene. A nine-year-old boy is recovering in hospital from serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, a woman who witnessed the crash says she can't stop thinking about the victims. He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

"There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate". They have not been named, in accordance with the wishes of the family.

Police said suspect Nathaniel Veltman, 20, a resident of London, Ontario, did not know his victims. Williams says terrorism charges may be laid. There's a new set of lights at the intersection, and there is a new subdivision behind the Peavy Mart.

Jagmeet Singh called the news from London "horrifying". "(The car) had come over the median, come over the other side of the road - it was just out of place at any time but especially on a Sunday evening".

She went home and from her apartment, she could see the scene. "There were people everywhere and running", said Paige Martin. "People were pointing and screaming and had their arms waving".

"I grieve for the family, three generations of them are now deceased". "Not tomorrow. Today. For the sake of our children, our families, our communities".

Officials are asking for privacy for the family as the investigation continues.

Friends told AP the family had immigrated from Pakistan 14 years ago and were generous members of the London Muslim Mosque.

"The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is beyond horrified and demands justice after the horrific auto attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario who were out for a walk on Sunday evening". "The magnitude of such hatred can make one question who we are as a city, and who we are as Londoners".

Premier Doug Ford also issued a statement calling the attack "heinous".

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was beyond horrified, saying Muslims in Canada have become all too familiar with the violence of Islamophobia.

"We stand with the Muslim community and reaffirm our commitment to build a country that is free from hatred, where Canadians of all faiths can live without fear of violence or persecution".

"These were innocent human beings who were killed simply because they were Muslim", said community spokesperson Nawaz Tahir.

"Words fail on a day as dark as this", said the city's Mayor, Ed Holder.

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