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Local Muslim community condemns Orlando shooting

WNY Muslims sent their condolences for victims and their families of the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Orlando's gay nightclub called Pulse. In a statement, the group said, "We condemn all hate crimes that have been occurring lately in this country and around the world. All groups should be respected no matter what their religion, race, sex or sexual orientation is.

"Investigation is still pending, so we are not sure if it's ISIS-related or a hate crime. However, homophobia must be addressed and given more attention in the media.

"We must come together in the community and stand up against hate crimes and terrorism. Let's pray for peace and help everyone who has been impacted by this tragedy. May God bless us all with compassion and love!"

WNY Muslims will be among a number of groups who will be coming together for a vigil at Niagara Square beginning at 6 p.m. to remember the shooting victims and to honor the work that prevented an alleged planned attack on the LGBTQ Pride Celebration in Los Angeles, CA.