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Islamic Society to Hold Interfaith Vigil for Christchurch

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In response to the shooting at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand last Friday, the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown is holding an interfaith vigil tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The vigil is intended to mourn the 50 victims of the shooting, “share messages of love, compassion, and solidarity with the loved ones of those killed or injured in the attacks and to stand together as a united human community,” the society’s president, Khalid Iqbal, said in a release. People of all faiths are invited to join the vigil on March 22 at the Masjid al-Khair, 1670 Homewood Ave.

“We grieve the heartbreaking killings of men, women and children gathered for prayer in their houses of worship and urge leaders in our nation and worldwide to speak out forcefully against the growing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that appears to have motivated these white supremacist terrorists,” Iqbal said. “We see alarming parallels between this shooting and others that have happened in places of worship: at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina; and at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”

Pictured: Members of the public lay flowers at memorial for victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings. Wikimedia Commons.

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