The first public memorial service for slain hostage Jack Hensley drew about
250 people to the Marietta Square on Thursday night, where Muslim,
Christian and Jewish leaders denounced the violence in Iraq and prayed for
peace.

The crowd held candles and prayed for Hensley and his family, who live
about four miles west of the square in Cobb County”¦

Amjad Taufique, a member of the board of Masjid Al-Hedaya Mosque in
Marietta, who organized Thursday night’s interfaith service, and other
speakers condemned the violence.

Metro Atlanta Muslims and Muslim organizations, including Masjid Al-Hedaya,
the Islamic Speakers Bureau, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of
North Georgia, and other Georgia mosques issued a statement denouncing the
killings of Hensley and Armstrong.

“We condemn this latest act of murder in Iraq and repudiate those who would
commit such atrocities,” the statement said. “We also call for the
immediate release of all hostages currently held in Iraq, whatever their
nation of origin or faith.”

CONTACT: CAIR-NGA Board Member Amjad Taufique, (678) 596-0724; CAIR-NGA
Executive Director Chris Burke (770) 220-008

 

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