Around 100 people stood in Saint John's King's Square last night for a candlelight vigil, joining others across the country in mourning and honouring the six men who were murdered by gunfire at a mosque in Quebec City.
Hilary Creamer organized the event and she says a group of Syrian refugees attended and were asked to read the names of the men killed in the terror attack during Sunday night prayers: Aboubaker Thabti, Mamadou Tanou Berry, Ibrahima Berry, Azzedine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane.
"So they did that, and one of the men stood up and said a few words and that really meant a lot to people and he said afterwards that it meant a lot to him and then that was followed by a minute of silence," Creamer told us.
Mayor Don Darling was also at the vigil and said a few words. He has released a statement condemning the terrorist attack and extending thoughts and prayers to the families of the men who were killed and those who were hurt:
"Our hearts go out to the families and individuals who have had their lives shattered by the pointless act of terrorism that took place," Darling says in the statement. "It is a very sad time for Canadians. The shooting goes against our nation's values as a peaceful diverse and welcoming nation.
We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community, our neighbour province of Quebec, and Canada during this difficult time."
We stand in solidarity with Quebec Canada is a diverse and welcoming nation. Our strength is in our diversity.
— Don Darling (@dondarlingSJ) January 30, 2017
Creamer told us it's important that we remember who we are as Canadians:
"It's important to remember that we're all the same, and we all have each other's backs and I think in gathering like this it's a reminder that okay, my neighbour is here for me and we share these same really important values."
There were vigils held in Moncton and Fredericton as well.
— David Coon (@DavidCCoon) January 31, 2017
A march against Islamophobia and deportation is happening on Saturday, February 4 at Fredericton City Hall from 12:30pm to 2pm.