Donations have poured in to help the orphaned child of the Muslim family who was murdered in a hate crime in Canada on June 6.
Fayez Salman and his family were walking in London, Ontario, when the suspect, a 20-year-old white man, hit the group of people with his truck. The nine-year-old Fayez was the only survivor of the attack, which police say was deliberate and religiously motivated.
A close family friend started a GoFundMe site to raise donations to Fayez with the goal of $ 850,000 in Canadian dollars. As of Friday, four days after creation, the fundraiser was just below its target of more than $ 818,000 total.
“This gofundme campaign is one of many ways that the Pakistani community in London can support each other in the face of the hatred our community has undeservedly received in this case and countless others,”
“The horrific nature of the crimes committed against the Salman family serves as a reminder of the long shadow of Islamophobia thrown at the lives of peaceful Muslim families around the world.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin trudeauJustin Pierre James Trudeau Mount Rushmore-style waste sculpture of G-7 leaders raised ahead of summit The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Bite detours on infrastructure ahead of June vote Trudeau: Killing of Muslim Ontario family was ‘an act of terrorism’ repeated similar sentiments in a Tuesday speech, calling the killing a “terrorist attack.”
“What happened on Sunday in London, this act of terrorism and Islamophobia is sick,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking. It’s hard to find words that are enough.”
Trudeau promised to take steps to prevent similar acts of hatred in the future.
“Whether it happens through the security infrastructure program, by cracking down on extremism online or by dismantling right-wing extremist hate groups, we will continue to do everything we can to combat violence in any form,” he said. “The consequences of doing something smaller are simply too great.”