The Islamic Center of Cleveland Holds Vigil for New Zealand Mosque Attack Victims Tonight

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Following the senseless killings in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left at least 49 mosque-goers dead, the Islamic Center of Cleveland is holding a vigil in memory of the victims on the steps of Cleveland City Hall at 5 p.m. today.

In an official Facebook statement, the ICC, which is based in Parma, wrote that they are working with area police to protect their premises, as many mosques around the country are also increasing security following the attacks. 
"The Islamic Center of Cleveland has always condemned all acts of violence against innocent people. Today, we again condemn, in the strongest terms, the senseless act of violence and terrorism in New Zealand. We pray for the innocent victims of this cowardly act and for their families.

We're working closely with the Parma police to provide extra security for our masjid and the school located on our premises. As always, Parma Police has been very helpful in our hour of need, and we would like to thank them for their continued support.

During these difficult times, security is a collective responsibility. We urge our community to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior immediately to the masjid management and/or Parma Police.

We ask Allah for His protection for all innocent people across the world."
The vigil is open to people of all faiths and creeds. 
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