Walk Against Islamophobia happening at Celebration Square in Mississauga to honour family killed in London

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Published June 12, 2021 at 2:25 pm


A rally is planned this afternoon (Saturday, June 12) in downtown Mississauga to honour the Afzaal family — a Muslim family that was run down and killed in London, Ontario earlier this week.

The attack happened on Sunday, June 6, during which the family was run down by a vehicle along a London street. A 9-year-old boy survived.

A 20-year-old man, who police say targeted the family for their faith, has been arrested and is facing charges.

The walk will start at 4:30 p.m. at Celebration Square and the event will end at 6:00 p.m. with a community prayer.

The walk is organized by the National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Muslim Council of Peel.

“This walk is an expression of solidarity with the family and against all forms of Islamophobia. Our community, our children and our families need to feel safe today,” said Rabia Khedr, spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Peel.

“Action needs to be taken so those with murderous intent do not commit their evil acts of injustice against innocent members of the Muslim community.”

A funeral procession for the Afzaal family will also happen this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. from O’Neil Funeral Home to the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario. The family will be buried at the Islamic Cemetery of London.

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