LONDON, ONT. — On Friday, thousands of individuals marched from the scene of the horrific crash that killed four people on Hyde Park Road to the London Muslim Mosque, because the Multi-Faith March to finish Racism and Islamophobia mourned the loss of 4 members of a Muslim family, murdered in an alleged hate-motivated attack.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his 74-year-old mother Talat Afzaal, 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, and their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman were all killed Sunday in an attack police are calling premeditated.
“who among us did not have their hearts broken this week?” said Organizer Rev. Kevin George of St. Aidan’s Anglican Church. He also asked the thousands ahead of the London Muslim Mosque.
“We needed to fill these streets and let this community know love will overwhelm hate a day of the week,” Rev. George added.
The massive crowd stopped at the mosque with a flash of silence at 8:40 p.m. to mark the instant when the Afzaal family was killed Sunday evening.
London lawyer and fellow Muslim, Faisal Joseph said he was grateful for the thousands that packed the route to denounce hatred and Islamophobia. “Tonight is our human family,” he said. “I’m so, so proud to be a Londoner.”
The event started shortly after 7 p.m. Friday. Marchers walked south from the scene of the collision on Hyde Park Road at South Carriage Road to Oxford Street to the mosque nearby where the suspect was arrested at Cherryhill Mall Sunday.
The funeral for the four relations will happen Saturday afternoon.
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in their deaths, and attempted murder within the case of nine-year-old Fayez Salman who is recovering in hospital. Veltman will appear in court Monday to answer to the fees .