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The letter of The child was read before Judge Renee Pomerance and in the presence of the murderer.


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The 11-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a ram truck attack, which London, Ontario, in June 2021, wrote a letter that was read at the killer's sentencing hearing on Friday.

The murderer, Nathaniel Veltman, sat looking shocked Friday as the 11-year-old's statement was read aloud .

The attack makes me sad because […] without it I wouldn't have to go to the cemetery and be sad about [my family's] death, the boy explains.

He says he misses his mother's cooking and the house he grew up in. He also pines for plans that will never come true, like being in a car with his sister after she finally gets her driver's license.

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He explains how the loss of his sister, father, mother and grandmother changed his life.< /p>

In the statement read by his cousin in Ontario Superior Court on Friday, the boy explains that the' The attack left him with injuries that will require him to learn to walk again.

The attack made me very sad because I can no longer talk to my family and create new memories with them. I won't be able to have fun with them anymore.

And also, you may think that your siblings are really annoying, and to be honest, I thought the same about Yumnah, but when they leave, you would like to bicker with them one last time.

This statement is the culmination of two days of moving testimonies from parents, friends and community members.

Radio-Canada is not naming the boy at the request of the family and out of respect for his privacy. He was not present in court on Friday. He was nine years old when his family was killed in an attack quickly condemned by political leaders as an act of anti-Muslim hatred.

Yumnah Afzaal, 15, Madiha Salman, 44, her husband, Salman Afzaal, 47, and paternal grandmother Talat Afzaal, 73, were killed.

Madiha and Salman's extended family are now raising the child, trying to give him some semblance of a normal childhood, she told the court. His sister's friends also played the role of big sister as the boy grew up, it was said.

On Friday, the Court also heard from organizations, including those representing the Pakistani, Jewish and Sikh communities, who expressed solidarity with the Afzaal family, as well as the fear that visible minorities experience today&# x27;today after the attack.

With information from CBC

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116