The North Texas Islamic community says the terrorist, and ISIS sympathizer, who opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, is not a reflection of what Islam is about.
Flowers and posters commemorating the 50 dead, and 53 wounded, slowly piled up outside the Legacy of Love monument in Oak Lawn. Community members say they are still feeling the shock and sadness of what happened in Orlando early Sunday morning.
The Center for American Islamic Relations echoed those sentiments. The group's executive director says their hearts go out to the shooting victims and their families. The group also condemned the shooter and his actions, saying they are horrified at what happened.
“We do not condone any act of violence committed against any innocent group no matter what their background, no matter what their religion, race, creed,” said Alia Salem, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The Islamic Center of Irving also released a statement, saying in part: "Life is sacred in Islam, and whoever takes a life, it is as if they have taken a life of all humanity. We join the rest of America in anger and confusion at the absurdity of such an attack on our fellow Americans."
The DFW chapter for the center of Islamic American Relations reached out to members of the local LGBT community this morning to offer condolences and see if there was anything they could do to help. The Islamic community was invited to participate in tonight's vigil hosted at the Dallas Resource Center, and will be there tonight to stand in solidarity.