The family of Aaron Driver is now left with the task of planning a funeral for a suspected terrorist — but to them, a relative.
A report in the Toronto Star has said that the Driver family is in London to plan a traditional Islamic funeral for Thursday.
Meanwhile, London Muslim Mosque spokesperson Nawaz Tahir tells AM980 they have spoken with the 24-year-old’s family about adhering to tradition.
“The family did reach out to us. We’ve given them some… I don’t want to say advice, but we have given the family some guidance and answered some questions about protocols surrounding an Islamic funeral,” said Tahir.
Tahir said the London Muslim Mosque is not hosting the funeral, nor are they helping to coordinate it.
Typically, Islamic funerals are held at mosques and the body is washed and clothed in a specific way.
Earlier Tuesday, Ontario Provincial Police announced that Driver was killed by a gunshot wound, despite an improvised explosive device being detonated in the back seat of a taxi cab.
Reports say that Driver had asked to be taken to Citi Plaza before police surrounded the taxi in the driveway of the Strathroy home he was living in on Park St.
RCMP were alerted by the FBI last Wednesday when they received a martyrdom video suggesting an attack could be made on a major urban centre during the morning or afternoon rush.
By Wednesday afternoon, RCMP had determined that Driver was behind the video, and surrounded the Park St. residence that afternoon where an encounter took place, ending in Driver’s death.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke publicly for the first time about the foiled attack.
Trudeau thanked security services, intelligence agencies, and police for preventing any attack from happening.
The prime minister has assigned a committee to review Bill C-51, the contentious anti-terror legislation introduced by the previous government, and has plans to make sweeping changes to the law.
“This situation last week, and situations like it, will be exactly the kinds of things that I expect this committee of parliamentarians to weigh in on, reflect on, and advise on how we can do an even better job of keeping Canadians safe like we were able to do last week,” said Trudeau.