A Canadian family has accused him of cutting off a Muslim family with his pickup truck. an attack caused by hatred Zoom appeared briefly in court on Thursday and will return early next week.
Nathaniel Veltman, 20, was arrested Sunday in a parking lot at a shopping center in London, Ontario, near the city’s oldest mosque. He was wearing an armored vest and helmet at the time, police said.
Veltman, who will go to court on Monday, faces four charges of first-degree murder and another of attempted murder.
Police said Veltman did not know of any links to the hate groups, but they were still investigating. panic charges they were being considered.
London Police Chief Steve Williams told Canadian Broadcasting Corp. little information is being made public to ensure the integrity of the judicial process.
“We need to have information protection so that the court process doesn’t get tainted by anything we do or say right now,” Williams said.
Four members of a family, he was three generations old, when the trucks that were killed were about to take a walk in the evening near the house.
Relatives have identified the dead as 46-year-old Salman Afzaal, 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman and 74-year-old grandmother, Talat Afzaal. The couple’s son, nine-year-old Fayez, was seriously injured, but is expected to recover.
“The front of the pickup truck was severely damaged” and was stained with blood, said the president of the taxi company Hasan Savehilaghi, telling data provided by one of his drivers who was arrested.
Savehilaghi said the suspect was dragged from his truck by police while he was singing, but his words were not clear. Veltman shouted at the taxi driver to film the arrest.
“He was enjoying the scene, just as it was important for him to record,” Savehilaghi said.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau he said the killings were a “terrorist attack” and promised to restrain far-right groups and online hatred.
“It was horrible and horrific when I learned of the unspeakable crime committed last weekend,” Mark Veltman, the father of the accused accused, said in an email on Thursday.
“There are no proper words to properly express grief towards the victims of this senseless act,” he added.
Few details about Veltman’s life have come to light.
Veltman worked part-time in Strathroy, Ontario, near London, in an egg-packing plant. Residents of a central London apartment said they could often be heard playing high-volume video games at night, the London Free Press reported. London is halfway between Toronto and Detroit.
Sunday’s incident was the deadliest attack on Muslims in Canada since a man shot six members of a mosque in Quebec in 2017.
Meanwhile, most countries in the Muslim-majority world, made up of 57 countries, strongly condemned what he described as “horrific terrorism caused by an extremist” against a Muslim Muslim family in Canada.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has called on the authorities to take the necessary preventive measures to combat hatred against Muslims, saying it is spreading in many countries that make up the Muslim minority. In a statement released on Thursday, the OIC called on the United Nations and other organizations around the world to proclaim March 15 as the day against Islamophobia and Muslim intolerance.