Funeral plans set for London, Ont. Muslim family killed in alleged hate-motivated attack
LONDON, ONT. -- Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the Muslim family killed in an alleged hate-motivated attack in London, Ont. on Sunday.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Mediha Salman, 44, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna and her grandmother Talat Afzaal, 74, were killed Sunday evening by a pickup truck that left Hyde Park Road. Nine-year-old Fayez remains in hospital.
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
The outdoor service is planned in the area of the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario at 951 Pond Mills Road.
It will be held in the adjacent parking lot and soccer field area at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
A statement from the National Council of Canadian Muslims says attendees are asked to:
- bring a green and purple ribbon
- socially distance and wear masks
- bring an umbrella and water
- bring a prayer mat if you plan on joining the prayer itself
- carpool, arrive early and park nearby - parking will be very limited
Officials emphasize, "No political leaders will be speaking, as this event will be solely dedicated for Canadians mourning and praying for the deceased."
The ceremony will be livestreamed here.
Afterwards,a private burial will take place with only close family and friends in attendance.
- With files from CTV News London's Bryan Bicknel