‘We Will Not Let Hate Win’: Thousands Attend Vigil Held for Muslim Family

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined thousands of mourners Tuesday at a vigil to honor members of a Canadian Muslim family killed in what police called a premeditated hate crime.

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“This was an act of evil. But the light of the people here today, the light of the lives of the Afzaal family, that will always outweigh the dark,” Trudeau addressed the mourners after placing flowers on the steps of the London Muslim mosque, where the vigil was held, Toronto Star reported.

Four Muslims were killed Sunday when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, used a black pick-up truck to jump a curb and strike them.

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The victims were Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife, Madiha Salman, 44, their 15-year-old daughter, Yumna Afzaal, and Afzaal’s 74-year-old mother.

Their nine-year-old son, Fayez Afzaal, remained hospitalized on Tuesday with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The vigil started just before 7:30 pm in the parking lot of the London Muslim Mosque and was broadcast on Facebook.

Rows of freshly cut flowers were placed on the grass at the entrance of the London Muslim Mosque, a place of worship the victims had attended.

“This is our city,” Bilal Rahhal, chair of the London Muslim Mosque, told the crowd.

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“Never allow anyone to make you think otherwise because of the color of your skin, your faith, or where you were born. … This is our city and we’re not going anywhere.”

Nationwide Grief

The attack has caused a nationwide outpouring of grief, as many politicians, activists and Muslim figures attended the vigil to mourn the victims.

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