Vigil planned in Hamilton for attack on London Muslim family; road closures will be implemented


Published June 11, 2021 at 9:11 pm


A community-led vigil will be held in Hamilton’s downtown core Saturday, acknowledging the recent attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario that killed four.

At the request of the Hamilton Police Service, the City of Hamilton will be implementing road closures and installing temporary barriers downtown on Saturday (June 12) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Main will be closed between Bay and MacNab Street, Summers Lane will be closed between King and Main Street, and Jackson will be closed between MacNab Street and the City Hall parking lot.

The lower level of the City Hall parking lot will also be closed.

There will be impacts to HSR as a result of these closures.

The vigil in Hamilton will be held on the same day a funeral will take place in London for the four members of the Afzaal family killed in the alleged hate-motivated attack last Sunday (June 6).

Police allege the attack, which saw the family members driven down and killed, was a planned act that targeted Muslims.

Relatives have identified the dead as 46-year-old Salman Afzaal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman and her 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal.

The couple’s nine-year-old son, Fayez, was seriously wounded but is expected to recover.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with the attack.

–with files and a photo from The Canadian Press


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