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Photos: Vigil at mosque in London, Ont. honours victims killed in 'terror attack'

Members of the community created a memorial at the intersection in London, Ont., where a Muslim family was mowed down by a man in an act Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a "terrorist attack." 

Trudeau delivered a statement in the House of Commons Tuesday and led a moment of silence. He planned to attend a vigil for the four members of the Afzaal family: Madiha Salman, 44, Salman Afzaal, 46, Yumna Afzaal, 15, and Salman Afzaal's mother, 74. 

Madiha and Salman Afzaal's nine-year-old son remains in hospital with serious injuries. 

Police said a man intentionally drove a truck into the family out for a walk on Sunday evening, and that he targeted them because of their faith.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Thousands of mourners, many wearing purple hijabs, descended on a mosque along with several dignitaries Tuesday for an outdoor vigil in honour of four members of a Muslim family killed in what police have called a targeted hate crime.

Speakers on the steps of the London Muslim Mosque spoke of resiliency, of not cowing to fear or hate. They called for a fight against Islamophobia.

"We're not going to let hate intimidate us," said Bilal Rahhal, chairman of the mosque. "This is our city and we're not going anywhere."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathies as he denounced the "act of evil." There were no words to ease the grief of having three generations "murdered in their neighbourhood," he said.

Catia Dias, a Grade 5 and 6 teacher, said she and her family came to the vigil to support the Muslim community while they grapple with the tragedy.

"I'm an immigrant myself," Dias said. "Coming to Canada, it was because it's a safe country to raise a family. To have this in our town, in our city, it's very shocking."

Omar Khamissa, with the National Council for Canadian Muslims, said the gathering allowed the community to mourn together. "Our souls are numb," he said.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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