Islamic Society of Colorado Springs holds service in wake of deadly New Zealand shooting


The Islamic Society of Colorado Springs hosted a service Thursday to invite people of all religions to come together in wake of the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand.

“I think sometimes we have to face the fact that we don’t feel safe and we’re making the choice to go anyway,” said Ahriana Platten, Lead Minister at Unity Spiritual Center.

Much of the Colorado Springs interfaith community showed up to stand with the Islamic Society group. Several religions agreed these types of mass shootings remind them to stay vigilant even in a place of worship.

“If any house of worship is threatened, then all of us are,” said Jonathan Hall, Senior Pastor at First Christian Church. “It’s not a big step from these people who don’t believe some deserve to worship to other religions.”

The service had several different speakers talk about things in relation to the mass shooting that killed 50 people.

“We thought it might be coming and it happened in New Zealand because it’s been happening in synagogues and mosques around the globe and churches around the world,” said Kamel Elwazeir, President of the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs.

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