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.
"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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