Leaders of various faith communities came together Monday in the civil rights collection room of the Nashville Public Library downtown to commit to supporting their neighbors, no matter the neighbors' religious background.
The Faith and Culture Center of Nashville, a nonprofit supported primarily by the local Islamic community, presented a $22,500 check to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga that will go to the families of victims who died in the shootings there on July 16. Four Marines and a Navy sailor were killed.
Daoud Abudiab, president of the Faith and Culture Center, said the center took the initiative to raise the money because the local and regional community has supported Islamic centers when they have come under attack. He said because the suspected shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, identified as a Muslim, the local Islamic community has felt it was important for its members to come out strongly and reject Abdulazeez's actions.
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