A national Muslim organization has released security footage it says shows the killing of a 58−year−old volunteer outside a mosque in Toronto.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims posted a video on social media Thursday night that purportedly captures the death of Mohamed−Aslim Zafis on Sept. 12.
The grainy, 46−second security camera clip appears to show someone seated outside the International Muslim Organization, facing the building’s parking lot.
Someone else is seen walking behind the seated person, then approaching them from behind.
There’s a brief scuffle, then the seated person stands up and collapses to the ground as the other person runs away.
BREAKING. Warning on graphic violence/death.
Today, the video from the tragic killing of brother Mohamed-Aslim Zafis has been released, as partly played on Global News.
It shows a man who is linked to a Neo-Nazi group, walk over and slit the throat of a mosque volunteer. pic.twitter.com/uN420kCQgv
— NCCM (@nccm) October 15, 2020
Guilherme (William) Von Neutegem has been charged with first−degree murder in Zafis’ death, and the mosque has called on police to investigate the matter as a hate crime.
A spokeswoman for Toronto Police said the force was “aware of a video circulating online.”
“This is an active and ongoing investigation and we will follow the evidence where it leads,” Const. Caroline de Kloet said in an email Friday morning.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said Friday he had spoken with the head of the Muslim council and would be visiting two mosques in the coming days to show his concern for the community.
“There has been an uptick, to say the least, in attacks of different kinds on mosques and people of the Islamic faith,” Tory said at a news conference.
“We’re going to have to deal with that as best we can.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16, 2020.
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