On Sunday evening, hundreds of community members gathered in the parking lot and on the lawn of the Islamic Society of Frederick to mourn the tragic loss of life to terrorism.
The vigil came nine days after a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. A white supremacist with hateful views of Muslims and immigrants carried out the attacks during Friday afternoon prayers, killing 50 people and injuring 50 others.
On this week’s episode of Frederick Uncut, producer Wyatt Massey talked to those gathered at the vigil about their reactions to the news. Afshan Latif said the attack was shocking for everyone.
“Our prayers [are] for those people and sympathies because it’s really hard,” she said. “If you’re going to prayer, you’re not safe over there. Even if you’re going to church or mosque, you’re not safe anywhere. That’s really disturbing.”
Saba Haque said she was comforted by the response by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who helped pass gun legislation days after the attack.
“She showed her leadership and she gathered the whole community,” Haque said. “And for me, to have her so far away, gave me peace. ... I wish more leaders would step up like she did.”
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