Four members of a London, Ontario, family who were struck and killed by a vehicle on June 6 are believed to have been targeted because they were Muslim.
It was Sunday evening at around 8:40 p.m. when emergency crews were called to the intersection of Hyde Park and South Carriage roads, south of Gainsborough Road. It is alleged the driver of a black pick-up truck drove south on Hyde Park Road, mounted the sidewalk, and struck the family members.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, and Salman's mother, Talat Afzaal, 74, are dead. Nine-year-old Fayez survived and remains in hospital.
The family of five had gone for a walk and was run over by a car driven by a man who appears to have been filled with hate.
The accused was subsequently arrested by police.
The accused in the case, 20-year-old London resident Nathaniel Veltman, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and a count of attempted murder.
The team at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LLPsends our deepest condolences to the family as well as to the Muslim community. Our thoughts are prayers are with you all.
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