Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacted to a ‘premeditated’ truck which claimed the lives of four members of a Muslim family in London city of Ontario.
“I’m horrified by the news from London, Ontario. To the loved ones of those who were terrorized by yesterday’s act of hatred, we are here for you. We are also here for the child who remains in hospital – our hearts go out to you, and you will be in our thoughts as you recover,” Trudeau said i a statement.
He also added “To the Muslim community in London and to Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you. Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities. This hate is insidious and despicable – and it must stop.”
The London Police in a statement said the incident took place around 8:40 pm on Sunday in Hyde Park Road with a vehicle hitting five citizens as they walked along the road.
“A black pickup truck, occupied by a lone male travelling southbound on Hyde Park Road, mounted the curb and struck the five victims waiting to cross the intersection,” the London Police said in a statement.
The statement further added “At approximately 8:45 p.m., the lone occupant of the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of a mall located at Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard, a distance of approximately seven (7) km away from the scene. Police attended this location and placed the driver under arrest.”
The victims were all members of the same family, the London Police said, adding that the deceased include a 74-year-old female, a 46-year-old male, a 44-year-old female, and a 15-year-old female.
One 9-year-old male remains in hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to London Police.
Meanwhile, the London Police said, 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, the London Police added in its statement.