Who was Syed Afzaal?
Madiha Salman was one of the victims who were allegedly run over and killed by Nathaniel Veltman, a Canadian suspect who is accused of purposely killing four members of a Muslim family and injuring a fifth. According to authorities, three generations of family members were “targeted” because of their Muslim religion at a London, Ontario, intersection.
“In one act of murder some individual has wiped out three generations of family. It’s horrific,” Mayor Ed Holder told The Associated Press.
Statement from the Afzaal family after the suspected hate crime in #London Ontario that killed 4 family members. 9-y-o boy, the only survivor from the incident, remains in hospital. pic.twitter.com/w7Otg2ZFtt
— Tracy Tong 唐麗盈 (@TracyTongTV) June 8, 2021
How old was Syed Afzaal?
Madiha Salman was 44 years old at the time of death.
Nathaniel Veltman London
“On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at approximately 8:40 p.m., a vehicle struck five citizens as they walked along the west side of Hyde Park Road, where it meets South Carriage Road,” London police wrote in a press release.
“A black pickup truck, occupied by a lone male traveling southbound on Hyde Park Road, mounted the curb and struck the five victims waiting to cross the intersection. The pickup truck continued to travel southbound on Hyde Park Road at a high rate of speed.
“It was observed to turn left on Oxford Street, not stopping for the red light.”
“Several 9-1-1 calls were received and emergency crews quickly attended the scene, and commenced life-saving efforts.”
I’m horrified by the news from London, Ontario. To the loved ones of those who were terrorized by yesterday’s act of hatred, we are here for you. We are also here for the child who remains in hospital – our hearts go out to you, and you will be in our thoughts as you recover.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 7, 2021
According to the London police, Veltman is a resident of London, Ontario.
Madiha Salman London Ontario
Though the names of the victims were not released officially, London Free Press identified the slain family members as Syed Afzaal, 46, his wife, Madiha Salman, 44, and their 15-year-old daughter, Yumnah Afzaal, along with Syed’s 74-year-old mother.
20 year-old Nathaniel Veltman has been charged with murder after he targeted the Afzaal family with his pickup truck. He killed an entire family, leaving a 9yr old boy an orphan. This is a terror attack. pic.twitter.com/KUxLVjqCyh
— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) June 8, 2021
London Muslim Family
According to Associated Press, the family had immigrated from Pakistan to Canada around 14 years ago.
The post-mortems are scheduled to occur tomorrow at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.”
Nathaniel Veltman Family
London police reported that the victims were “all members of the same family.
The deceased include a 74-year-old female, a 46-year-old male, a 44-year-old female, and a 15-year-old female.
One 9-year-old male remains in hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.”
AP said the victims were “a grandmother, father, mother and teenage daughter,” and added that the family was Pakistani immigrants who were just going out for a daily walk and were considered “dedicated, decent and generous members of the London Muslim Mosque.”
According to CBC, the family members “were waiting to cross the intersection, in northwest London,” when Veltman’s truck allegedly jumped the curb and ran them over. The Free Press reported that the victims included parents.
Nathaniel Veltman Jewish
It’s not yet clear whether Veltman was affiliated with any outside group.
According to CBC, Veltman does not have a prior criminal history. Det.-Supt. Paul Waight told London Free Press that Veltman “has had past interactions with other police forces, but nothing of a serious nature.” Authorities don’t believe the suspect knew the victims.
He was taken into custody near the crash and was discovered to be wearing a body armor-style vest, CBC reported.
Authorities have not released the information that led them to believe the attack was intentional and motivated by religion.
Muslim Family Killed
Authorities wrote in the press release, “At approximately 8:45 p.m., the lone occupant of the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of a mall located at Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard, a distance of approximately seven (7) km away from the scene.”
Police attended this location and placed the driver under arrest.”
“We grieve for the family, three generations of whom are now deceased,” London’s Mayor Ed Holder told CBC.
Nathaniel Veltman Picture
A witness, Paige Martin, told The Associated Press that the pickup “roared past her” while she was at a red light. The aftermath was horrific.
No photo of Veltman has emerged.