Hundreds of people turned out in Nanaimo this evening to stand in solidarity and mourn the lives in the Quebec City mosque massacre.
Organzier Bob Rahiman, who sits on the the board of directors for the Nanaimo Islamic Centre, says he was impressed at the outpouring of support.
He says the community gathered at the Diana Krall Plaza and sang songs, read poems and speeches.
“It was important for us to be with the community and to support the people that have lost their lives, and to show to the community that we are all Canadians, and we are one, and not different, from how race, religion or colour, we are one and we are Canadian and we stand with each other.”
Rahiman says as a Muslim, hearing about the fatal shooting was devastating.
“[It’s] difficult to talk about this, it’s really unthinkable that has happened and that people have hatred towards other people because of their race, or religion or colour, or whatever in this society.”
Earlier today, a funeral was held in Quebec city for three of the victims of Sunday’s shooting.
That attack, called an act of terrorism by police on the ground, left six people dead and five others critically injured.
27-year-old university student Alexandre Bissonnette, considered a right-wing troll by many in the city’s activist community, has been arrested and charged with six counts of first-degree murder.