(South Plainfield, NJ, 2/12/15) – The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and Muslim leaders and organizations from the state will hold a prayer vigil Friday for the three young Muslims who were shot in the head in Chapel Hill, N.C.
WHAT: Prayer Vigil and a press conference
WHEN: Friday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 152 Derrom Avenue Paterson, NJ 07504
"This heinous execution of innocent Muslims sent chills into the hearts of the Muslim and peace loving communities across the country," said Mohamed El Filali, executive director of CAIR-NJ.
Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father of two of the deceased, states that his daughter Yusor told him "on more than two occasions that this man came knocking at the door and fighting about everything with a gun on his belt, more than twice" and that "Daddy, I think he hates us for who we are and how we look." Yusor wore a headscarf as many Muslim women wear.
"Based on the brutal nature of this crime, the past anti-religion statements of the alleged perpetrator, the religious attire of two of the victims, and the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in American society, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to quickly address speculation of a possible bias motive in this case," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "Our heartfelt condolences go to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the local community."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.