Several hundred people of all backgrounds joined faith leaders at the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford on Sunday to take a stand against hate.
Leaders condemned the extremist attacks at two mosques in New Zealand which left 50 innocent people who were worshiping dead.
The group standing against hatred said places of worship must be protected in light of the most recent attacks in New Zealand as well as the deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last year and the 2015 Charleston church shooting.
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The message was that an attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths.
“It’s an opportunity to stand in solidarity, stand together. When you’re in pain, you need to stand with friends,” explained Reze Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford.
50 other people were injured.
A 28-year-old man is in custody for allegedly opening fire in the two mosques.