4 family members dead in hate-motivated attack on Muslim family

LPS Investigation Team

A 9-year-old, the sole survivor and fifth family member, remains in hospital with serious injuries.

The London Police Service said in a statement that emergency crews responded to reports of pedestrians being struck by a motor vehicle around 8:40 pm on Sunday night.

In that incident, the 20-year-old driver of a pick-up truck had hit several people and was subsequently arrested.

Meanwhile, a woman who witnessed the crash says she can't stop thinking about the victims. He declined to detail evidence pointing to a possible hate crime, but said the attack was planned.

"There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act and that the family was targeted due to their Muslim faith", said Det.

Detective Supt. Paul Waight said Veltman was wearing a vest that appeared to be like body armour.

The RCMP have reached out to offer their assistance and police may lay terror charges in connection with the case. Waight added there is no known previous connection between the accused and the victims. The family requested the names not be released, officials said.

Police are expected to hold a virtual news conference later on Monday.

"We understand that this event may cause fear and anxiety in the community and in particular the Muslim community and any community targeted by hate".

Jagmeet Singh called the news from London "horrifying".

"These were innocent human beings who were killed simply because they were Muslim", said community spokesperson Nawaz Tahir.

"Words fail on a day as dark as this but words matter, " Mayor Ed Holder said.

"Let me be clear, this was an act of mass murder perpetrated against Muslims, against Londoners, rooted in unspeakable hatred", Holder told reporters.

Qazi Khalil said he saw the family last week when they were out for their nightly walk.

Martin said her vehicle shook from the force of the passing truck. He is due in back in court on Thursday after being remanded to custody on Monday.

"It was just chaos".

"There were people everywhere".

Hyde Park Road remains closed between Gainsborough Road and Sarnia Road as police continue their investigation.

"I can't get the sound of the screams out of my head", Martin said. "I'm very shaken up knowing there's kids, multiple kids".

Just prior to the attack, Alek Minassian posted on Facebook a reference to an online community of "involuntary celibates" whose sexual frustrations led them to embrace a misogynist ideology.

With files from CTV London's Tamara Heisel and Reta Ismail.



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