VILLA PARK, Ill. (Fox 32 News) - Hundreds of people gathered at the Islamic Foundation Mosque in Villa Park, Ill., on Sunday to comfort the family of one of the New Zealand mosque victims.
Mohammad Imran Khan, 37, was among 50 people shot dead in Christchurch by a white supremacist. Friends say that Khan's father died six months ago, so this is another blow.
At the Islamic Foundation, the 50 victims were symbolized by 50 prayer rugs.
"The family is obviously very sad. It's a time of severe tragedy for the entire community," said Hisham Al-Quasi, Imam of the Islamic Foundation.
Members of other faiths came to mourn and show their support.
"I was very, very sad and disappointed that hate still prevails in our word," said Linda Bertani.
A vigil was also held at the Daley Center in Chicago, where local leaders shared a message of solidarity.
"I ask that each of us make a vow to stand here and say Islamophobia is not acceptable. It is not welcome here," said CAIR Chicago's Sufyan Sohel.