WEST CHESTER TWP., Ohio - More than 100 people braved the high winds Thursday night to attend an interfaith candlelight ceremony honoring the memories of those who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting on Dec. 14. The Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati hosted the event.
"We thought it was important to come together to begin the conversation about not only dealing with the tragedy, but overcoming it by uniting around the good in people," said organizer Shakila Ahmad.
The event featured remarks by leaders from across the faith community, including:
Center officials said the event was intended to "honor those lives that were so terribly taken at Sandy Hook Elementary with a focus on the good God created in all of us, dealing with the horrific tragedy, honoring the teachers who teach and love our children and coming together as communities and as a country in overcoming violence."
"We have to create a culture that is loving and caring," Ahmad said, who is the founder of Muslim Mothers Against Violence .
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