'No place in our communities': Local leaders, police forces offer condolences after targeted hit-and-run in London, Ont.

Leaders in Waterloo Region and Guelph, along with local police forces, are offering condolences and condemning hate and violence following a targeted hit-and-run in London, Ont. that left four people dead.

London police have charged a man with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. They said the man targeted the victims, who were all from the same family, because of their Islamic faith.

"Very saddened by the targeted act of hate in London," Regional Chair Karen Redman said in a tweet. "Islamophobia, hate and racism have no place in our communities."

Very saddened by the targeted act of hate in London. Our condolences to the Muslim community and those impacted. Islamophobia, hate and racism have no place in our communities.

— Karen Redman (@Redman4Region) June 7, 2021

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic tweeted he is "saddened & angered by the tragic act of hatred."

Deeply saddened & angered by the tragic act of hatred that took place in @CityOfLdnOnt yesterday. Hate, Islamophobia & racism of all kinds must end everywhere. My thoughts & prayers are with the 9yr old boy in hospital, his deceased family & their family, friends & ppl of London. pic.twitter.com/knjLTtgCNt

— Berry Vrbanovic (@berryonline) June 7, 2021

Dave Jaworsky, the mayor of Waterloo, offered condolences to the Muslim community following "a heinous crime of hate and Islamophobia."

Such a heinous crime of hate and Islamophobia.
I offer condolences to the family, the Muslim community, and the grieving City of London on the heartbreaking news. https://t.co/ziDxnUZnAz

— Dave Jaworsky (@DaveJaworsky) June 7, 2021

Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry said the city's "collective hearts are heavy with this terrible news."

On behalf of the City of Cambridge, our collective hearts are heavy with this terrible news. We grieve for the victims and their families, members of the Muslim community and the people of @CityofLdnOnt. We stand with you. Hate has no place in any community. https://t.co/hEsfm2OYsl

— Kathryn McGarry (@Kathryn_McGarry) June 7, 2021

Waterloo regional police and Guelph police also shared condolences on Twitter.

Condolences go out to the Muslim community and those impacted by the senseless and tragic killing of four individuals in London.

Everyone deserves to be and feel safe in our community.

Islamophobia will not be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/i1wkIcD1lt

— Waterloo Regional Police (@WRPSToday) June 7, 2021

"Everyone deserves to be and feel safe in our community," regional police said in a tweet. "Islamophobia will not be tolerated."

The Guelph Police Service stands with our Muslim community as we collectively try to process the unspeakable violence perpetrated against a London, Ont family. #EndRacism #endIslamophobia -st pic.twitter.com/53KcR7FXE3

— Guelph Police Service (@GuelphPolice) June 7, 2021