Southern California Muslims host candlelight vigil for New Zealand shooting victims

Najeeba Syeed, right, rests her head on Hedab Tarifi, both members of the Islamic Center of Southern California. People of all faiths came together in prayer on Friday, a day after attacks on mosques in New Zealand killed at least 49 people.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders gathered for a candlelight vigil Saturday night in Pasadena to remember the victims of the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The event, co-sponsored by the Islamic Center of Southern California and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, began at 7 p.m. in front of Pasadena City Hall, on 100 Garfield Ave.

A white supremacist killed at least 49 people during their midday prayers on Friday, broadcasting the massacre live on Facebook. The terrorist attack in one of the most peaceful nations on Earth sent shockwaves through Muslim communities around the world.

Hundreds of Muslims, Jews, Christians and Sikhs gathered at the Islamic Center of Southern California on Friday for prayers, trying to make sense of the violence and calling for solidarity.


Tonight’s speakers in Pasadena included leaders of the Islamic Center of Southern California, Jewish and Christian faith leaders, and Pasadena Police Chief John Perez.