PARMA, Ohio — The Islamic Center of Cleveland has issued a statement in response to the horrific attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead. There will be a vigil for the victims at 5 p.m. at the Cleveland City Hall.
The ICC’s statement reads:
"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 Facebook post with this statement also mentioned that a vigil is being held at 5 p.m. Friday on the steps of Cleveland City Hall, with city and county leadership. The ICC requested that the Muslim and interfaith communities attend and arrive by 4:30 p.m.