Chicago Vigil Honors Muslims Killed In New Zealand

March 17, 2019 - 4:23 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Prayers are being offered by Muslims and others in Chicago as New Zealand authorities begin releasing the bodies of 50 people killed in last week's shooting at two mosques in Christchurch.

More than 50 prayer shawls that would be lain in a mosque were instead placed on the ground at Daley Plaza on Sunday – representing the lives lost in Christchurch, New Zealand last week. A gunman stormed two mosques and fired into them.

Dilara Sayeed, president of the Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition, said vigils like this are an opportunity for Chicagoans to stand in solidarity with the victims’ families thousands of miles away. It also sends a message of peace and inclusion here, she said.

“We are Muslims, Jews, Christians, African Americans, LGBTQ members who have a right  to worship the way we want,” she said. “We have a right to live in this country. This is our country, and all of us belong here.”

A suspect has been taken into custody in New Zealand.