WKU students hold vigil for victims of Christchurch mass shooting

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Students and faculty at Western Kentucky University memorialized the victims of a terrorist attack that killed 50 Muslims in New Zealand last week.

WKU’s Muslim Student Association held a vigil Friday afternoon, where a discussion took place about the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand.

A self-proclaimed white nationalist has been charged with the attack, which was live streamed on social media.

“It’s very sad that this conversation is taking place in the wake of a hate crime, a mass shooting that has led to horrible death,” said state Rep. Patti Minter, who also teaches at WKU.

Attendees at the vigil talked about the rise of anti-Islam sentiments.

The vigil concluded with attendees writing messages of support, love and encouragement on posters.