Dozens attend vigil at Islamic Center of Shenandoah Valley for victims of New Zealand mosque attacks

Published: Mar. 22, 2019 at 4:28 PM EDT
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On Friday, dozens of people gathered at the Islamic Center of Shenandoah Valley for a vigil honoring the victims of mosque attacks in New Zealand last week.

The terror attack by a white supremacist took the lives of 50 worshipers and injured dozens others in Christchurch, New Zealand. While it happened far from here, the senseless killings and hatred struck a chord in the Valley.

"Our hearts mourn with our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand today," said a member of the Islamic Center of Shenandoah Valley. "They were murdered in a place that should've been safe and free to worship."

Several local community leaders gave encouragement to the local Muslim community and sent messages of love, peace, and unity.

Yasmeen Shorish, who worships at the Islamic Center of Shenandoah Valley, says the vigil was an example of the sense of community in Harrisonburg.

"We can come together and support one another when there are these horrific events or moments of crisis," Shorish said. "I hope that we continue to build those connections with one another."