A 22-year-old Canadian man, Nathaniel Veltman, has been found guilty of murdering four members of a Muslim family in a truck attack in London, Ontario, in June 2021. Veltman killed Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife, Madiha Salman, 44, their daughter Yumnah, 15, and Afzaal’s mother, Talat, 74, when he intentionally drove his truck into them while they were out for a walk. The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez, survived the attack but suffered serious injuries.
Veltman was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He faces a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
The attack shocked Canada and prompted calls for stronger action against Islamophobia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack “a horrific act of Islamophobia” and said that it was “a reminder that hatred has no place in Canada.”
Veltman’s trial heard evidence that he was motivated by white supremacist beliefs and that he had posted online about his hatred of Muslims. He also told police after the attack that he had killed the family because he was “angry.”
The verdict in Veltman’s trial is a welcome step in the fight against Islamophobia and hate crimes. However, it is important to remember that the Afzaal family was not the only victims of this attack. The entire Muslim community in Canada was also affected, and they will continue to feel the impact of this tragedy for years to come.
Here are some resources that can help you learn more about Islamophobia and hate crimes:
- The National Council of Canadian Muslims: https://www.nccm.ca/
- The Canadian Anti-Hate Network: https://www.antihate.ca/
- The Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org/