Clevelanders hold memorial at City Hall for 49 killed in New Zealand massacre

Clevelanders hold memorial at City Hall for 49 killed in New Zealand massacre
Flower rest at a road block, as a Police officer stands guard near the Linwood mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) (Source: Mark Baker)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland religious- and community-based groups held a memorial downtown to mourn the loss of the 49 people who were murdered during an active shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

The Islamic Center of Cleveland and Global Cleveland helped organize the vigil at Cleveland City Hall to help support those who were killed and injured, and to battle hate speech.

Clevelanders of all faiths are holding a memorial at City Hall for the 49 killed in New Zealand massacre: https://bit.ly/2TDuoFh

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, March 15, 2019

Mike Bush, New Zealand’s police commissioner, reported that 41 people had been killed at Al Noor Mosque and seven at Linwood Mosque, and that another victim had died at Christchurch Hospital.

A 28-year-old man, who reportedly wrote a manifesto filled with extremist propaganda, was arrested and charged with murder. Two others are also in custody.

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