PM Trudeau Offers Condolences to Family of Mosque Stabbing Victim

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Ten days after the murder of a a Toronto mosque caretaker, Canada is grappling with concerns over the rise of white supremacy and hate groups.

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In his first comment on the incident, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered condolences on Tuesday to the family of the 58-year-old Muslim stabbed to death on September 12.

Following reports that the man charged in the crime follows a hate group, Trudeau said the fact that the incident is connected to Neo-Nazism and Islamophobia is worrisome, CBC reported.

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“My heart goes out to the loved ones of Mohamed-Aslim Zafis,” Trudeau tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

“The reports that his murder was motivated by Neo-Nazism and Islamophobia are extremely concerning. We stand with Muslim communities against such hatred, which has no place in Canada. We are with you.”

Guilherme “William” Von Neutegem, 34, faces charges with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Mohamed-Aslim Zafis.

The victim was sitting on a chair outside the front doors, controlling the access to the building to comply with public health measures, when the suspect approached and stabbed him once.

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