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MSA Vigil Will Remember Lives Lost in New Zealand Mosque Shooting

The Boston College Muslim Student Association (MSA) is hosting a vigil on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the O'Neill Plaza following the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15.

According to a CNN report, 50 people, including children, the elderly, and refugees, lost their lives during Friday's shooting. Two days later, an additional 34 people remained hospitalized and 12 were in critical condition.

"The vigil will be held in the memory of the victims of the mass shooting,” said MSA President Tara Rahman, MCAS ‘20. “It is a way for us to raise awareness and bring together the BC community in support for those taken from us.”

All are welcome and encouraged to join the MSA in prayer and paying respects.

Since the tragedy, a number of campus organizations have voiced solidarity with the victims and their families.

AHANA+ Leadership Council (ALC) issued a statement about the shooting on their Facebook post on Friday night, offering support and standing in solidarity with the Muslim community at BC.

"Our campus community cannot be numb to this targeted attack aimed at the Muslim Community, in New Zealand and the world, and must counter efforts to normalize this," said the statement. "We call upon students within our community to speak out against anti-Muslim acts, and to educate others about the different ways Islamophobia can manifest in our society, in addition to direct violence, such as social media and popular culture."

Joy Moore, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, responded to the event with a social media post shared by The Boston College Career Center on Monday night.

"We condemn this horrific attack and all senseless acts of violence that seek nothing more than to spread hate, pain, and division," said Moore.

In addition to encouraging students to attend the upcoming vigil, Moore reiterated that, “there are many people and resources at BC available to support.”

For more information, MSA can be reached at Appointments and information from BC Counseling Services are available in their office, Gasson 001, or by phone at 617-552-3310.

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