Purdue's Muslim Student Association hosts prayer service for lives lost in NZ mosque shooting

Purdue's Muslim Student Association spent Monday night remembering the lives of the more than 50 people dead in the Christchurch mosque shooting.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 11:25 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2019 11:35 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue's Muslim Student Association spent Monday night remembering the lives of the more than 50 people dead in the Christchurch mosque shooting.

It's now been three days since the shooting, which left 50 people dead and another 30 still in the hospital.

The accused attacker is a 28-year-old white supremacist who attacked during weekly prayers.

To stand in solidarity with the victims and their families, MSA held a prayer session and a candlelight vigil at the Islamic Center of Greater Lafayette.

Students, faculty and community members were invited to come out to spread love, light and hope to others.

Each victim was remembered with a bio and picture hanging up on the walls.

The outreach director said it was important to hold a group prayer and reflection.

She added this event helps strengthen bonds in the community.

"This event happened and it shakes you," said Khunshi Ahmed. "You are scared. You do not know what to think or what to believe. You want to believe there is good out in the world and the fact the community is coming together in this way really shows that."

There is one MSA member currently studying in Christchurch.

Ahmed said she called her to make sure she was okay.

She was not at Christchurch at the time of the shooting.

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