Community fills Saint John mosque to honour victims of New Zealand shootings, Halifax fire

Community fills Saint John mosque to honour victims of New Zealand shootings, Halifax fire

It was standing room only at a mosque in Saint John on Saturday.The community held a vigil in honour of the 50 victims of the New Zealand mosque shoot

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It was standing room only at a mosque in Saint John on Saturday.The community held a vigil in honour of the 50 victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15.Organizers told the crowd it can’t be described how deeply the event has impacted the Muslim community in Saint John, adding Islam is a religion of peace.Story continues below

READ MORE: Why court photos of the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter’s face are blurredThe vigil brought a diverse mix of people together in one space.‘It is a multi-faith gathering,” said Abdul Rahimi, president of the Muslim Association of New Brunswick.“We have all our friends, neighbours around this area from churches. We have some people from our Jewish community…all the dignitaries from Saint John.”Mayor Don Darling spoke on behalf of the city of Saint John.“It is so heartwarming to see the community come together across religions to send a very, very strong signal about what our community stands for,” Darling said.WATCH: Thousands of New Zealanders join in Friday prayers

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