Ontario Premier Doug Ford has travelled to London, Ontario and attended a vigil for a Muslim family that was struck in a targeted attack. Ford has addressed all the present at the London Muslim Mosque:
“On behalf of the people of Ontario, of a province left in mourning, I’d like to extend my deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the Afzaal and Salman families. This type of racism and terrorism cannot and will not be tolerated. We must stand united against it. It must be condemned in the strongest terms. And those who commit this type of evil must and will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
Four people, all from the same family, were killed in a vicious attack and only their nine-year-old son survived but was seriously injured.
The deceased are Salman Afzaal, his wife Madiha Salman, their daughter Yumna, and Salman Afzaal’s mother.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other federal leaders such as Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca also went to London to attend the vigil. The police have charged Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, with four counts of first-degree murder and one murder attempt.