People Of Many Faiths Gather In Colorado Springs To Honor Victims Of New Zealand Terror Attacks

March 22, 2019
The crowded room at Thursday night's interfaith vigil organized by the Islamic Society of Colorado SpringsThe crowded room at Thursday night's interfaith vigil organized by the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs Ali Budner / 91.5 KRCC
The crowded room at Thursday night's interfaith vigil organized by the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs

The recent terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 worshippers has had ripple effects across the globe, including here in Colorado Springs.  

More than 250 people packed into a room at a hotel in Colorado Springs Thursday night to be part of an interfaith vigil honoring the victims of the mass shooting half a world away.

Representatives from the local Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist communities were there in solidarity.

Ammar Naji is an assistant professor at Colorado College and a member of the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs, the group that organized the event.

"We are here today," Naji said to the audience, "because we're consoling each other, but also standing next to each other. We're here because we believe that terror, hatred, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy will never win."

Several city and county officials also addressed the crowd, as well as members of two local police departments. Organizers appealed to those in attendance to join a growing movement for interfaith connection in Colorado Springs.

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