CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – Following the shootings in New Zealand in which 49 people were killed at two mosques, people encountered additional security Friday as they came to pray and mourn in Cary.
“We are evaluating our security protocols, and we will be increasing security as appropriate throughout the week,” said Imran Aukhil, spokesman for the Islamic Association of Raleigh.
Raleigh police officers came to the mosque on Atwater Street near North Carolina State University, which is also surrounded by fencing.
“This facility is used throughout the week, and we want to make sure that all of our congregants and students are safe and secure,” said Aukhil.
Following the terrorist attack in New Zealand, investigators found a manifesto which appears to have been posted by the shooter beforehand and explains his views on white supremacy.
“What we are hearing from our government officials and other public personalities is affecting some of these events, these horrific tragedies and acts of terrorism around the world,” said Aukhil.
On Friday evening, Cary police stood watch at the Islamic Association of Cary as dozens of people of various faiths came together to pray and call for unity.
“We have more in common than we have that differentiates us. And, it’s important for us to come together and realize that,” said Nida Allam of Durham.
The vigil, organized by Faisal Khan of the Carolina Peace Center, also featured local elected officials who called for state leaders to increase punishments for hate crimes and provide more training for police on reporting and investigating them.
“Strength is with the passion and love, not hate,” Khan said.