Grandmother, father, mother & daughter are killed with 9 year old boy left fighting for his life after man hits them with his truck because they were muslims

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Grandmother, father, mother & daughter are killed with 9 year old boy left fighting for his life after man hits them with his truck because they were muslims

Four members of a Muslim family were killed on Sunday, June 6 and a nine-year-old boy left fighting for his life after a 20-year-old man plowed his pickup truck into them due to their Muslim faith.

The family who had immigrated from Pakistan 14 years ago, were attacked in London, Ontario, Candad – a city of 500,000 with a Muslim population of around 30,000.

 

Grandmother, father, mother & daughter are killed with 9 year old boy left fighting for his life after man hits them with his truck because they were muslims

The driver, Nathaniel Veltman, chose his victims at random and targeted them because of their faith, police said – ramming his black pickup into the family as they went on an evening stroll.

 

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He was arrested immediately after and now faces four counts of first-degree murder.

A councilor in Brampton, Ontario, Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, tweeted: ‘My prayers are with the City of London, Ontario following the heinous hate crime that took place against an innocent Muslim family. I stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters across Canada who are mourning this loss. #Islamophobia & hate have no place here.’ 

 

Grandmother, father, mother & daughter are killed with 9 year old boy left fighting for his life after man hits them with his truck because they were muslims

 

Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of Council American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), tweeted: ‘A boy’s whole family were killed because they were Muslim.’

 

Grandmother, father, mother & daughter are killed with 9 year old boy left fighting for his life after man hits them with his truck because they were muslims
 

Veltman made his first court appearance on Monday, June 7 over a phone line from London police headquarters. 

The charges were read to him: one count of attempted murder of a youth ‘by striking him with a motor vehicle, namely a Dodge Ram pickup truck,’ and four first-degree murder charges.

 

 

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