Community members rallied around the Islamic Center on Monday, a day after a brick was tossed through a window, breaking five panes of the thick glass and damaging some of the wooden framework. Though police do not believe the vandalism was a hate crime, the timing is suspect, coming on the heels of Saturday's "Not in Our Town" forum, which addresses the causes and effects of bias, discrimination and hate in the community. Glass still littered the floor of the prayer room where the brick was thrown through a window at the center, 900 Peterson St., sometime between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. No one was in the building at the time. "There's no indication" the vandalism was a hate crime, said Fort Collins Sgt. Mike Walker.
In a hate crime, Walker said, there is a message left in addition to the damage. In the incident at the Islamic Center, no message was left. On Monday, community members and church leaders gathered at the center in a show of solidarity. "It is imperative we stand together," said Rabbi Zvi Ish-Shalom of Congregation Har Shalom in Fort Collins. "If a brick is thrown at the Islamic Center, it's the same as if a brick were thrown at the synagogue." (MORE)