Prayer vigil to be held for Mississauga man killed during wellness check

Jun 24 2020, 1:15 pm

A prayer vigil and rally will be held this week in Vancouver to honour the memory of a man who was killed during a wellness check in Mississauga this past weekend.

Ejaz Choudry, 62, was shot and killed by Peel Regional Police officers after they responded to a call to check on his well-being.

According to police, Choudry had barricaded himself in his apartment, and while police were able to initially communicate with him, once officers breached the door, rubber bullets and a taser were deployed followed by a firearm.

Choudry was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Al-Jamia Mosque in Vancouver and Coalition Against Bigotry are holding a vigil and rally this Friday, June 26, to call attention to Choudry’s story and “demand a public inquiry into how Police Murders are handled.”

The prayer vigil will be held at Al-Jamia Mosque at 655 West 8th Avenue during the 1 pm prayers.

A member of the mosque noted that because of physical distancing and the 50-person limit in the mosque, people can also join an online prayer vigil on Facebook or can pray in their own way and on their own time “to have a moment of silence to think about the tragic murder of Ejaz Choudry.”

Those who join are asked to wear masks and keep a physical distance of 2 metres from one another.

A fundraiser page has also been created to support Choudry’s family, who remembers him as “an incredibly kind-hearted man.”

According to the page, Choudry leaves behind his wife and four children.

The fundraiser has raised over $100,000 for Choudry’s family so far.