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King's University College students planning vigil for London's Walji family

Students at King’s University College are planning a vigil to remember a London family who died in an Oct. 31 murder-suicide.

The vigil — planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Cardinal Carter Library on King’s campus (266 Epworth Ave.) — is being organized by students in the school’s social justice and peace studies program.

Along with remembering the family, students are using the event to speak out about issues facing immigrants.

The Walji family — Mohamed, Shyroz, and their daughter, Qyzra — were reportedly facing deportation to their native Tanzania.

They came to Canada more than a decade ago in search of a better life for Qyzra, who had cerebral palsy, friends have said. Qyzra, 21, graduated in June from Oakridge high school.

“We need to send a message to the community that there are people who care,” said Courtney Vaughan, a third year social justice student at King’s. “We cannot sit idly by knowing that there are more Walji families who lack the support they need.”

King’s student Mick Kunze added: “(The Walji family was) in need of refuge and care for their daughter, and while they supported others in their need, in the end, they were neglected.”

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