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People Across Canada Are Showing Support For The Quebec Shooting Victims

Vigils are being held across Canada as people express their condolences.

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There was an outpouring of support and sympathy from Canadians across the country following an attack on a Quebec City mosque that left 6 people dead and 19 others injured.

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Police have one suspect in custody after the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec late Sunday night.

Flowers and other symbols of condolence were piled up outside the mosque on Monday.


“It’s a very, very big tragedy for us,” Mohamed Labidi, vice-president of the Islamic cultural centre, said at a press conference Monday with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume.

“We have a sadness we cannot express.”


In Toronto, at a rally organized to oppose Donald Trump's refugee ban, demonstrators mourned the dead and denounced anti-Muslim violence.

Moment of silence outside US consulate in Toronto for victims of QC mosque shooting

The tragedy affected Canadians from coast to coast. This was the scene in Winnipeg.

My kids at their first vigil. Sending love and solidarity from Winnipeg to #QuebecMosqueAttack victims. #neveragain…

In Regina.

More than 200 people came out to Regina's Victoria Park last night for a vigil, remembering the victims of the Queb…

In Vancouver.

#Vancouver #vigil #QuebecCityMosqueShooting


Dozens of people showed up to stand in solidarity with Muslims in Iqaluit, where a new mosque opened in early 2016.

Rally in support of Muslim communities in #Iqaluit #standwithmuslims #nomuslimban #Nunavut #Arctic

On Parliament Hill, the Peace Tower flag was flown at half mast for the victims of the shooting.

Canadian flag lowered on Parliament Hill. #cdnpoli

And all party leaders spoke out against the violence in the House of Commons.


“To the more than one million Canadians who profess the Muslim faith, I want to say directly, we are with you,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “Thirty-six million hearts are breaking with yours. Know that we value you. You enrich our country in immeasurable ways, this is your home.”

People have committed hundreds of thousands of dollars for the families of the shooting victims, as well as for the community at large.

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A GoFundMe page to raise money for the funerals of the slain victims has already raised about $250,000 in just a few days.

The CEO of Paramount, an Ontario-based restaurant chain, has also offered to cover the funeral costs for the victims.

"That’s what Islam taught me and that’s what Canada taught me,” Mohamad Fakih told CP24. "We believe as Muslims that when you’re blessed with money, success or knowledge that you share it."

On Facebook, members of the mosque said that despite the tragedy, they have been moved by the overwhelming support shown from other Canadians. "We can't find the words, we can't find the words," the message said in French.

Facebook: CentreCulturelIslamiqueDeQuebec

More demonstrations are planned across the country, including a national "day of action" against Islamophobia on Feb. 4.

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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