Amenah Nomani is a relative to a Muslim family of five that was the target of a reported hate crime in Canada this week. A driver plowed a pickup truck into a family, killing four of them and seriously injuring the fifth, according to KXAN.
The suspect, Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, was arrested in the parking lot of a nearby mall after the incident, according to the Associated Press. He faces four counts of first-degree murder.
While Canada mourns and denounces the attack, Muslims here in the U.S. are sending their thoughts and prayers and offering help. But this hits even closer to home here in Austin, where the family’s extended relatives live.
The Nomani family works to calm their nerves. To say they’re stunned doesn’t even do justice to what they’re feeling.
“She [my wife] said, ‘hey, they got killed.’ I said, ‘what do you mean they got killed?’ And she was like, ‘someone ran them over with their car,’” Ahmed Nomani, Amenah’s brother, said.
Ahmed and Amenah lost their aunt, her husband, mother-in-law and daughter — attacked in Ontario.
So, at sunset on Friday, there will be a vigil at a north Austin mosque to pray, mourn and honor the three generations lost.
The vigil Friday starts at 8:40 p.m. and is hosted by Austin’s chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).