Leaders from San Diego’s Muslim community held a candlelight vigil at Balboa Park Sunday to commemorate the victims of New Zealand’s horrific mass shooting that left 50 people dead and another 50 wounded.
Friday’s massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was carried out by suspected gunman Brenton Harris Tarrant, a 28-year-old white supremacist, who is in custody.
Hundreds turned out for Sunday’s “San Diego Stands with New Zealand” vigil that was hosted by CAIR San Diego and other groups within the local Muslim community.
“We invite the community to join us in this moment of mourning to pray for an end to white supremacy, for an end to Islamophobia and racism, and for an end to gun violence and war in our world,” said Dustin Craun, executive director of CAIR San Diego.
Heartened by San Diegans of Jewish, Christian, & Muslim faith (and no faith) standing in solidarity against the hate, bigotry, & racism that led to the #NZMosqueShooting
Thank you to law enforcement for protecting our first amendment rights to speak against domestic terrorism. pic.twitter.com/aoEO4cugiX
— Ammar Campa-Najjar (@ACampaNajjar) March 18, 2019