Windsorites Hold Second Vigil for Mosque Shooting Victims

Several Windsorites are continuing to show their support of Muslim communities across Canada. 

Those of different faiths and backgrounds attended a vigil Friday night at the Windsor Islamic Association.

The vigil - the second to take place locally this week - was held in remembrance of those who were killed earlier this week at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec Mosque in Quebec City. 

Community members held prayers and offered words of unity and their full support of those of Muslim faith. 

University of Windsor Professor, Maher El-Masri, spoke at the vigil. He says Canadians, no matter their background, will always support each other. 

"We are Canadians because we are united," says El-Masri. "We are Canadians because we celebrate our diversity. We are Canadians because we are tolerant. Hate and extremism, regardless of the source has no place in Canada."

Member of Parliament for Windsor West, Brian Masse, was also in attendance for the vigil. Masse says Canadians will not be divided by acts of hate. 

"In your schools and in your workplaces, smile and say hello," says Masse. "An act of generosity towards someone else is a direct assault against those who believe in racism, bigotry and sexism." 

 

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Principal of Holy Names Catholic Secondary School, Pat Hickson, speaks at a Vigil for the victims of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec Mosque shooting on Friday February 3, 2017 (Photo by AM800's John Hutton)

Principal of Holy Names Catholic Secondary School, Pat Hickson, says violence can affect everyone. 

"When this type of violence is perpetuated on even one person in the world, it takes a small piece away from all persons in the world," says Hickson. "At Holy Names we speak daily on how our diversity makes us stronger. We are more alike than unalike and we stand in solidarity in prayer for those who lost their loved ones."

The Windsor Islamic Council will be taking books filled with messages of support from those who attended the vigil to the Quebec Mosque this weekend.