Toronto – Donations are pouring in from all over the world to honor London, Ont. Support the family and their surviving son, who was the victim of a religiously motivated attack earlier this week.
On Sunday night, Salman Afzal, 46, his wife Madiha, 44, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna and Salman’s mother, 74, were killed when they went for a walk in north-west London in what police described as a targeted attack. was. Because of his Muslim faith.
The family’s nine-year-old son Fayaz Afzal narrowly survived the attack, but was seriously injured.
Sana Yasir, described as a “very close family friend” to the victims for the past 12 years, Launched GoFundMe campaign Three days ago and as of Thursday evening has raised $744,470.
“It’s crazy to me how much people have donated and this is being donated by people from different races and religions all over the world,” she told Granthshala News.
During this, Second campaign on the fundraising website LaunchGood, Has collected $1,091,031 as of Thursday evening.
Both campaigns have been supported and agreed to by the victims’ families and the London Muslim community, as described in their description.
Yasir said donors to his campaign have regularly reached out to inquire about the condition of Faiz, who is now in a stable condition.
“It’s very comforting to see how many people are standing by our side at this time and showing their love and support,” he said.
According to the GoFundMe page, the immediate family has indicated that they do not need the money to cover funeral expenses, instead the donations are going to help Faiz in the future and for Sadaka Jaria, a form of charitable giving. Islamic concept where people benefit in the long run. the donor has died, According to Islamic Relief Worldwide.
GoFundMe also indicates that immediate family members will announce where the donation is going when a decision is made.
The suspect in the murders, identified as 20-year-old Nathaniel Weltman, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempt to murder for his alleged involvement in the crimes.
He appeared in a London court sometime on Thursday and is expected to return to court on June 14.
Weltman’s mother, Alicia Bissett, issued a statement on Thursday calling her son’s alleged actions a “heinous crime.”
“I am praying for the victims and the family members of the victims and my heartfelt prayers will continue for all those affected by this tragedy,” she said. “Due to the ongoing investigation and proceedings, there will be no further comment.”