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Islamic Society of Vermont thanks residents for support

March 19, 2019

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Islamic Society of Vermont is thanking Vermont residents for their support following the deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand.

Imam Abd’Llah Al-Ansari thanked everyone who had observed a moment of silence, prayed, sent messages, held vigils or condemned “this cruel and inhumane act of violence” that left 50 people dead. The Burlington Free Press reports images on the Colchester society’s website shows bouquets of flowers from clergy around the state, including the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction.

Al-Ansari says the community support began as soon as the news of the massacre broke and has continued every day.

Colchester Police Chief Douglas Allen says police are providing additional security to the Islamic Society as a result of the New Zealand attacks.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com