An Ontario, Canada jury discovered Nathaniel Veltman guilty of the first-degree murders of Yumnah Afzaal, her dad and mom Madiha and Salman Afzaal, and grandmother Talat Afzaal in a hate-motivated assault. A nine-year-old boy was additionally injured within the truck assault however survived. The deceased victims have been 15-74 years outdated.
Nathaniel Veltman focused the Afzaal household of London, Ontario particularly due to their religion and Muslim identities, admitting freely to the police in his first interview following the murders in 2021 that he attacked the household along with his truck for “purely political causes.” Veltman additionally admitted within the interview that he had checked out different assaults in opposition to Muslims for inspiration and that he wished to “ship a message” to the Muslim neighborhood.
This assault comes at a time amid rising hate crimes in opposition to Jews, Muslims and Catholics in Canada. In response to Statistics Canada, the variety of hate crimes between 2019 and 2021 elevated by 72 %. Moreover, the Canadian Senate beneficial necessary coaching on islamophobia and unconscious bias via in federal workplaces and a rise of presidency funding to handle hate-motivated crimes in its 2022 report “Combating Hate: Islamophobia and its Impacts on Muslims in Canada.”
Regardless of this rise in Islamophobia, the victims’ household launched a statement following the decision thanking the London and Windsor, Ontario communities for his or her energy and help. The household wrote that “this wasn’t only a crime in opposition to the Muslim neighborhood, however fairly, an assault in opposition to the security and safety of all Canadians.”
Sentencing will probably be decided on December 1 and a pair of.