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Local group comes together to show support for the Muslim community after New Zealand tragedy

A memorial for the 50 Muslims killed in New Zealand Friday took place in Terre Haute to show solidarity for the Muslim community.

Posted: Mar. 20, 2019 11:34 PM
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019 11:34 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) -- As the names of the 50 Muslims who were killed in New Zealand last Friday were read, those in the audience shed tears.

Coming together to support the Muslim community of the Wabash Valley and of the world.

"We want them to know that we share their mourning that we're mourning with them." Arthur Feinsod, President of the Interfaith Council of the Wabash Valley said.

People from all different religions and backgrounds stood in front of the crowd to bring home the point that love is stronger than hate.

"To hear from a Protestant voice, and a Catholic voice, a Jewish voice, and a Muslim voice all expressing our sorrow and our determination to stand against hate for love and for respect," he said.

Alyaa Malibari is just one of the many who spoke tonight.

She said last Friday after the attack she told her 18-year-old brother not to go to the mosque to pray because she feared for his life.

"So that makes me really sad like why? We just want to pray. I don't hold any guns. I don't cover anything here. I'm only covering my head but not my brain," Malibari said. "So why do people think that they have the right to attack me, to kill me, to kill my community."

She says the gathering tonight, although a sad occasion, is how it should always be.

People gathering for love no matter what your beliefs are.

"Here its reminded me of a community that only gathered for one reason although we look different we came from different backgrounds," she said. 

All the speakers Wednesday night said they want to build off of the love that you could feel in the room.

They said they're here to support the Muslim community and all religions now and moving forward.

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