The latest news developments on the fatal attack in London, Ont.

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The latest news on the vehicle attack in London, Ont., that killed four members of a Muslim family and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy on Sunday (all times Eastern):

6:25 p.m.

A memorial is growing at the site of the vehicle attack in northwest London, Ont., that killed four members of the same family and injured a young boy.

Flowers were seen piled at the street corner by the end of the day on Monday, nearly 24 hours after the incident.

Police said the family of five were waiting to cross the road at the intersection when a black pickup truck mounted the curb, struck them and drove away.


6 p.m.

Police have identified the suspect in the London, Ont., vehicle attack as Nathaniel Veltman.

The 20-year-old was arrested at a mall parking lot seven kilometres from the scene where police say he allegedly struck the family who were waiting to cross the street on Sunday.

Veltman is facing four counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.


5:45 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he stands with the Muslim community in London, Ont., and with Muslims across Canada in the wake of a vehicle attack that killed four people on Sunday.

Trudeau says he's horrified by the news.

He offered solidarity for the loved ones of those who were "terrorized" by the "act of hatred," and expressed sympathy for the injured child.

Trudeau says Islamophobia has no place in our communities.


5:40 p.m.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims says it is “beyond horrified” by the deadly vehicle attack that killed four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont., Sunday.

CEO Mustafa Farooq calls the incident a terrorist attack on Canadian soil and says law enforcement should consider terrorism charges.

He says Muslims in Canada are too familiar with the violence of Islamophobia, with recent attacks on Muslim women in Alberta and the 2017 Quebec City mosque massacre.


5:25 p.m.

The leader of the federal New Democrats says the killing of a Muslim family in London, Ont., is "an act of Islamophobia & terror."

Jagmeet Singh called the news from London "horrifying."

He's calling on Canadians to stand with their Muslim family, friends and neighbours against hate.


4:45 p.m.

A spokesman for a London, Ont., mosque says the community is grappling with fear, devastation and anger in the wake of a vehicle attack that killed four members of a Muslim family.

London Muslim Mosque spokesman Nawaz Tahir says the victims were regulars at the mosque.

He described the group as "a great family, a god-fearing family and really a joy to be around."

He says the community is coming together to "make sure these acts of hate are met with even greater acts of love.”


3:40 p.m.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says justice must be served "for the horrific act of hatred" that occurred in London, Ont., on Sunday.

Ford issued a statement offering thoughts and prayers to the victims' families and friends.

He says hate and Islamophobia have no place in Ontario.

Ford made the comments after police said the family struck and killed by a vehicle were targeted because of their Muslim faith.


3:30 p.m.

The mayor of London, Ont., says the killing of four Muslim pedestrians Sunday evening was an "act of mass murder."

Ed Holder made the comments after police said the motorist who killed the four relatives did so deliberately.

Police say the victims are a 74-year-old woman, a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl.

A nine-year-old boy remains in hospital in serious condition.


3 p.m.

Police in London, Ont., say a family of five who were struck by a vehicle on Sunday were targeted because they were Muslims.

Four family members were killed and one person remains in hospital.

The incident happened on Sunday evening when a truck plowed into the group of pedestrians.

Police say the 20-year-old man facing four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder did not know the victims.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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