A 20-year-old truck driver was charged with four counts of murder after a hit and run in Canada police allege was a “planned, premeditated act” against a family due to their Muslim faith.
“There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act and that the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith,” Detective Inspector Paul Waight said at a press conference on Monday.
Mr Veltman is also charged with one count of attempted murder in connection to a nine-year-old boy who survived but remained in hospital.
Four members of the boy’s family died when they were struck by a pick-up truck while walking along Hyde Park Road in Northwest London at about 8.40 pm local time, including a 74-year-old woman, a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman, and a 15-year-old girl.
“This is a devastating loss of four members of our community,” police Chief Steve Williams said, according to CBC.