Quebec City mosque shooting survivor thanks Canadians for their support


MONTREAL — A man who lost the use of his legs in last year’s Quebec City mosque shooting is thanking Canadians for the support they’ve shown him in recent months.

Aymen Derbali received the $400,000 that was raised to buy him a wheelchair-accessible home in a ceremony at the mosque on Saturday.

Derbali was paralyzed from the waist down when a shooter opened fire in the mosque on Jan. 29, 2017, killing six.

The Muslim-Canadian non-profit DawaNet says it received donations from more than 4,800 donors in 40 countries after it launched an online fundraiser for Derbali in December.

Derbali is currently living in a rehabilitation centre but has said he hopes to move out by this summer.

In a statement, he says the thought of playing with his three children in his new house gives him the strength to heal.

The Canadian Press