Hateem Amin, 14, was determined to attend an outdoor vigil in London, Ont., to remember her 15-year-old friend Yumna Afzaal and three family members who were killed by a truck on Sunday evening in a hate-motivated attack, according to police. “I’d like to show my support for her. She died as a result of her faith and the color of her skin “Hateen remarked. “And I share her beliefs and skin color. And I’d like to show her how strong I am.”
“She was our friend,” he said, clutching a sign. Hateem was one of the thousands that gathered outside the London Muslim Mosque on a scorching Tuesday evening, blocking a section of Oxford Street, a major London thoroughfare. They were joined by community, religious, and political leaders, who were all there to demonstrate support for the Muslim community and ask for action to combat Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice.
Hateem stated, “I’m very thrilled that so many people care about her and are eager to tell her story.” “And all I want is for the rest of the world to know why she died.” Yumna, her father Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, and Salman’s mother Talat Afzaal, 74, were out on a stroll when they were plowed down by a truck in a hit-and-run attack, according to authorities.
Fayez, Yumna’s nine-year-old brother, was saved.