A fundraiser has been launched for a 9-year-old boy who is the only survivor of the vehicle attack in London, Ontario, that took place on Sunday, June 6, in which four family members were killed.
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A 46-year-old man, a 74-year-old woman, a 44-year-old woman, and a 15-year-old girl were killed by a 20-year-old man who drove a black pickup truck into the group as they were out for an evening walk, police say. London police said that it was a targeted Islamophobic attack and that there is evidence that it "was a planned, premeditated act motivated by hate."
Members of the family, the London Muslim Mosque, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), and Islamic Relief created a fundraiser in order to "support our beloved 9-year-old student who was the sole survivor of the tragic hate crime."
"Our community is grieving the loss of 4 precious lives who were taken simply because of their faith," wrote the organizers. "The rise in hate crimes and acts of Islamophobia must be condemned by all levels of society. We will survive this test through hope, love, our unshakeable believe in God, and a firm commitment to the pursuit of justice."
Nearly $427,000 has been raised at the time of publication. A GoFundMe campaign has also been created for the survivor and the extended family has raised over $240,000.
The London Muslim Mosque is hosting a vigil on Tuesday at 7 p.m. "in honour of those killed in this horrifying act of violence and to provide a space to collectively grieve".
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