A vigil is happening in Toronto following tragic New Zealand terror attack

Mar 15 2019, 4:25 pm

Local advocacy group, Toronto Muslims is holding a vigil and memorial service to stand in solidarity with those who lost their lives in New Zealand Friday evening local time.

The announcement comes shortly after a terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 dead and 48 more injured.

Following the tragedy, vigils have been announced around the world.

Here in Toronto, the vigil will take place at Nathan Phillips Square Friday evening at 6:30 pm.

According to New Zealand Police, the attacks took place at two different mosques on Friday, at which time Muslims are gathered for weekly prayers. Police have charged a 28-year-old man with murder, and have two others in custody.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack “absolutely appalling.”

“Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today’s shootings in New Zealand,” said the PM. “Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving.”

The attack was allegedly targeting migrant communities in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Vigil for Victims of New Zealand Mosque Shooting

When: Friday, March 15
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West