A white nationalist armed with at least two assault rifles and a shotgun is the suspect in the deaths of at least 49 worshippers attending Friday prayers at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. He wore a helmet camera and live-streamed the massacre on social media, while the world helplessly watched.
AbdelBaset Aborawi is the President of the Lethbridge Islamic Centre. He says he received an overwhelming amount of support and condolences.
A special service was held at the Islamic Centre on Friday afternoon where Muslims, non-Muslims, and uniformed police officers attended to support each other and pray. Outside the building, posters were hung to show love, courage and solidarity.
“We know Canadians are very lovely and kind people” says Aborawi. “We know 99.99 percent of Canadians are very supportive of our religion, but there will always be some people who will make bad decisions.”