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San Diegans pray for Muslims killed in New Zealand terrorist attack

Posted at 11:28 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 02:28:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Hundreds gathered in Balboa Park to pray for the 50 people killed in the New Zealand terrorist attack and spread the message that hate has no home here.

About a dozen speakers shared stories of the victims or hate directed at minorities.

"It will take all of us to put hate back in it's corner," Sara Hassane, 17, said. "Just pure evil and again it has no place in this world and it's just sad," San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said. He and more than a dozen of his officers surrounded the event, along with snipers on the roof of nearby buildings, ensuring the crowd felt safe.

"We have officers out here making sure we don't have a copycat or anyone tries to do anything," he said.

Though fear, still permeated the crowd. "Is this going to happen again? Is this the beginning or the end or...?" Hassane said. Her father runs a San Diego mosque and she said everytime she comes in to worship, she told 10News she fears she won't leave and see her family again.

While they prayed, two women told me they asked Allah for peace for the victims and love from one another, ending hate.