Thousands march in support of Muslim family killed in Canada


Published: 2021-06-12 14:47

Last Updated: 2022-09-30 01:10

Credit: Aljazeera
Credit: Aljazeera

Friday, thousands of people marched in support of the Muslim family who were killed Sunday, June 6, after a man driving a pick-up truck ran over them in what is being described as terrorism. 

Last Monday, a 20-year-old Canadian man, Nathaniel Veltman, was charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder after he plowed into a family of five in Ontario.

The victims included two women, 74 and 44, a 46-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl.

The survivor, a nine-year-old boy, was in hospital with serious but non-fatal injuries, according to the authorities.

The attack, which Canadian police believed was a targeted premeditated attack due to the family being Muslim, was described as the worst against Canadian Muslims since six people were murdered in a Quebec mosque four years ago.

People in Ontario, Canada marched about seven kilometers from the spot where the family was struck down to a nearby mosque.

During the march, a 19-year-old student, Abdullah al-Jarad said, “The best part was not just the numbers ... but the diversity of the people coming from every single community in London, coming together for this cause.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the killings a “terrorist attack.”

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