Nathaniel Veltman, a Canadian man, is accused of deliberately running down four members of a Muslim family and injured a fifth.
Authorities say three generations of family members were “targeted” at a London, Ontario, junction because of their Muslim faith. The Muslim mosque in London, Ontario, is soliciting funds to assist the family.
Mayor Ed Holder said to The Associated Press, “In one act of murder some individual has wiped out three generations of family. It’s horrific,”
Four members of a Muslim family in Ontario, Canada, were killed on Sunday night when a terrorist, named Nathaniel Veltman, drove his car into them. Only a 9-year-old child survived.
Veltman is 20 years old, according to London police. He lives in the city of London, Ontario.
Who Are The Victims?
Salman Afzaal (46 years old), his wife Madiha Salman (44 years old), their daughter Yumna Salman (15 years old), and Afzaal’s mother (74 years old) were the victims, according to relatives. Later, the family issued a statement,
Statement from the Afzaal family after the suspected hate crime in #London Ontario that killed 4 family members. 9-y-o boy, the only survivor from the incident, remains in hospital. pic.twitter.com/w7Otg2ZFtt
During a press conference, Chief Steve Williams stated that the attack was planned. Steve said, “During the course of the investigation, we believe that this was an intentional act and that the victims of this horrific incident were targeted. We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith,”
#BREAKING CTV News can confirm this photo is Nathaniel Veltman, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the attack that struck a Muslim family of five, killing four of them. (Photo from 2016) pic.twitter.com/AxBPsERmhu
As a result of the incident, he acknowledged that the Muslim community might be fearful and anxious. People “stand with you and support you,” he stated. Individuals motivated by hatred are not tolerated in this community.” Veltman is accused of smashing into the family with his pickup truck.
In a news release, London police said, “Investigators believe that this was an intentional act and that the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith. There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate.”
London police wrote in a press release, “On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at approximately 8:40 p.m., a vehicle struck five citizens as they walked along the west side of Hyde Park Road, where it meets South Carriage Road,” London police wrote in a press release.
“A black pickup truck, occupied by a lone male traveling southbound on Hyde Park Road, mounted the curb and struck the five victims waiting to cross the intersection. The pickup truck continued to travel southbound on Hyde Park Road at a high rate of speed.”
“It was observed to turn left on Oxford Street, not stopping for the red light. Several 9-1-1 calls were received and emergency crews quickly attended the scene, and commenced life-saving efforts.”
police wrote, “As a result of the investigation, Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempt murder. He appeared in London court today in relation to the charges,”
“Family members of the victims have requested that the names of the victims not be released at this time. The post-mortems are scheduled to occur tomorrow at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.”
According to the Associated Press, the victims were “a grandmother, father, mother, and adolescent daughter,” and that the family were Pakistani immigrants who were “dedicated, decent, and charitable members of the London Muslim Mosque.”