Leaders representing various faiths converged Monday in Nashville to donate funds that will go to the families of the Chattanooga shooting victims, but leading donations – with a check for $22,500 – was the Faith and Culture Center, which is supported primarily by the Islamic community.
The center’s president, Daoud Abudiab, said when the group has come under attack in the past, the community has shown their support and they wanted to return the gesture.
“We want to come condemn the actions of this person and say that they are not representative of our faith,” Abudiab said. “We are here today to counter the actions of someone who has sought to disrupt out society. We are part of the American society, and when our neighbor is hurt we should all offer help and prayer and stand together.”
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who was Muslim, opened fire at two military facilities on July 16, killing four Marines and a Navy sailor: Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells, and Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt.