Ford calls London attack an act of terrorism, seeks to lift COVID-19 restriction for vigil

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Premier Doug Ford asked local public health units to temporarily lift COVID-19 restrictions and allow a grieving community in London, Ont. to gather at a vigil this evening, following what the premier called a “terrorist attack” on a Muslim family Sunday night.

“We stand behind you. We support you will stand shoulder to shoulder, because this can never ever happen again in our great province, in our great country,” Ford said in a short statement to the media.

Ford will be attending a vigil at the London Muslim Mosque parking lot at 7p.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also be in attendance.

The event will be socially distanced.

Police have charged Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder after allegedly hitting five pedestrians because of their Islamic faith, killing four members of the same family. During a news conference Monday, London police confirmed there was evidence that the incident was hate-motivated.

A grandmother, husband, wife and their teenage daughter were killed. A nine-year-old boy is recovering in hospital from serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The province announced that all government events will be cancelled on Tuesday to give the family and community space to grieve.