RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Flowers and cards arrived throughout the day at the Islamic Association of North Texas Friday, in the wake of Thursday’s mass shooting in New Zealand.
“We are glad you are our neighbors and we love you,” read one.READ MORE: Amber Alert Canceled For Dallas Brothers Believed To Have Been With Murder Suspect Father
“These flowers have come from neighbors, they’ve come from friends within the multi-faith community, they’ve come from strangers,” said Pastor Neil Cazares-Thomas of Cathedral of Hope.
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People of different faiths were side by side an a show of solidarity.
“To stand together in unity and in love and in faith to say this is unacceptable, these acts of hate are unacceptable,” said Bradley Laye, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.
Imam Shpendim Nadzaku, of the Islamic Association of North Texas, said it’s a reminder of what communities must remember in the wake of tragedy.
“Terrorism as a whole is a minority. The majority of people of whether it’s New Zealand or elsewhere in the world… the majority of people are good,” he said.