LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police are increasing patrols after gunmen opened fire in two mosques in New Zealand, killing at least 49 people.
The attack was coordinated and unprecedented, shocking the usually peaceful nation and the world.
The Islamic Information Center of Las Vegas reacted to the news, releasing a statement this morning.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand who lost their lives in recent terror attacks on mosques. May Allah SWT protect us all from evil. Ameen
Authorities are working to keep worshipers safe in the Las Vegas valley by increasing patrols at local mosques.
“We are not here to be a parade, we cannot fear to practice our religion. It’s our right.” Prayer soon to begin at Jamia Masjid. @LVMPD is patrolling local mosques to ensure safety. @KTNV. Story at 5 & 6. pic.twitter.com/NRGNiBxmlQ— Cinthia Maldonado (@CinthiaKtnv) March 15, 2019
Friday evening, UNLV hosted a vigil to honor the lives lost in the tragedy.
The event was open to the public.
Vigil against hate and violence @unlv. City and faith leaders, and students are giving speeches. Prayer is at sunset. They tell me it’s important for them to grieve and support each other as one community. @KTNV pic.twitter.com/x56wP6gFU8— Cinthia Maldonado (@CinthiaKtnv) March 16, 2019