New Zealand victims honored in Terre Haute vigil

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A number of people in the community are coming together to mourn people they never met. This after a terrorist attack on a New Zealand mosque took the lives of 50 worshippers Friday and left dozens more wounded. 

Though the attack was in another country many people across the world felt the pain. 

“We are gathered here to memorialize and honor the 50 Muslims that were killed in a recent hate attack,” Sylvia Oster said.   

With heavy hearts and open minds, residents and community leaders congregated at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation Wednesday night.  

“I feel like the world is supposed to be like that. Everyone is here, presenting their religion or their culture or their faith and no judging anyone else,” Allyaa Malibari said.   

“As part of the Interfaith Council of the Wabash Valley that’s what we do is bring people together from all faiths, so to me to be able to share this with the larger community is a real joy and a privilege for me,” Arthur Feinsod said.   

The prayers in solidarity were expressed with the lighting of candles, hymns and words of encouragement and prayer from different religions.  

“We feel for their relatives and friends and we condemn the killers, the terrorist and the bullies,” Arthur Feinsod said. 

“We as a group have to make sure that love is spread,” Sylvestor Edwards said.   

The names and ages of the victims were read, and the idea was shared with all who attended that in the end love will always triumphs over hate.  

It was a very emotional evening. Many teared up and left with a new found faith in love. 

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