December 4 2020

Video: Peace Event Held at Burlington Islamic Center In Wake of Vandalism

Over 100 people gathered at the Burlington Islamic Center on Wednesday morning to show solidarity for the Muslim community who prays there following an act of vandalism over the weekend. 


The message of the event was to show that all people, no matter their race or religion, are part of the Burlington community. Religious leaders of different faiths spoke. State Rep Ken Gordon and Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce President Rick Parker, who helped to organize the event, also had some words of inclusiveness to share. 


As reported on BNEWS, early Sunday morning two suspects spray painted “U.S.A.” on the outside walls of the Islamic Center. On Monday, Cameron Capella, 18, of Burlington, and Derrik Demone, 18, of Burlington, were charged with malicious destruction of property over $250 and tagging property. 


During the Wednesday event, pieces of paper were placed over much of the graffiti and participants were invited to write their own messages of peace and community over the spray paint. 







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