Muslim victims of truck attack bid farewell with coffins draped in Canadian flags – –

Muslim victims of truck attack bid farewell with coffins draped in Canadian flags – –

Several hundred mourners joined a public funeral service on Saturday to bid farewell to a Canadian Muslim family crushed and killed by a man in a van last Sunday in an attack which police say was motivated by the hatred.

The hour-long ceremony began after the four coffins draped in Canadian flags rolled around the grounds of the Islamic Center in Southwestern Ontario, and ended with prayers and condolences offered by the chiefs religious and community.

All four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman came across them while walking at night near their home in London, Ont. A fifth family member, a 9-year-old boy, is recovering from his injuries in hospital. Read more

Police said the attack was premeditated and alleged the family was targeted because of their Islamic faith.

The funeral procession then held a private burial.

“And the very fact that their coffins are draped in the beautiful Canadian flag is fitting testimony to the entire Canadian nation standing by their side,” said Raza Bashir Tarar, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada.

The family moved from Pakistan to Canada about 14 years ago.

The attack sparked outrage across Canada, with politicians on all sides condemning the crime, sparking growing calls for action to tackle hate crime and Islamophobia. The city of London, 200 km (120 miles) southwest of Toronto, saw a surge of support in the aftermath of the attack. Read more

It gave the grieving community some hope to look beyond the tragedy.

“Regardless of color and creed, the expressions of raw emotion, the prayers, the silent tears, the comforting messages from people we know and from people who are complete strangers, this was the first step towards looking for a way to heal, ”Ali Islam, maternal uncle of Madiha Salman, one of the victims, told the assembly.

Veltman, who returns to court on Monday, faces four counts of first degree murder and one of attempted murder. Read more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the killings a “terrorist attack” and pledged to crack down on far-right groups and hate online.

“I think we are emotionally exhausted,” Imam Aarij Anwer told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp before the ceremony. “We are looking forward to having a closure on Saturday. “

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