Statement from Provost Mayo Moran on the Muslim Family Killed in London

Posted: June 09, 2021

Dear Members of the Trinity Community:

Our flags on campus are again lowered because of a terrible crime.  I am sure that all members of our community will share our horror and anger at the devastating news of the hate crime against a Muslim family in London, Ontario. This act of terror destroyed three generations of a family who were simply out for a walk on a Sunday evening. Our hearts go out to the community and we are grieving for the surviving 9-year-old boy who has lost his entire family.

This was an act of unspeakable hatred and Islamophobia and we want to express our solidarity with our Muslim communities and unequivocally condemn all such acts of terror, racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and hate. It is also important to acknowledge that this and other horrifying recent events remind us of the escalating hatred and violence faced by so many of our racialized and marginalized communities. We are committed to being part of the solution and to working with others to create a world free of hatred, violence and discrimination.

Trinity College continues to implement the recommendation of the Report of its Task Force on Anti-Black Racism and Inclusion. This latest horrific news is a reminder of how critically important that work is.

The flags at Trinity are lowered to half-mast in solidarity with the Muslim community, to honour the four family members killed, and to send our love to the 9-year-old boy whose life has been tragically changed forever.

For members of the university community: if you need help, know that you are not alone. Please reach out to access the supports available to you:

Mayo Moran
Provost & Vice-Chancellor