A candle-light vigil is being held this afternoon in downtown Victoria to honour the victims of a deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand that took place on Thursday, (Friday, New Zealand local time).

The ceremony will be held in Centennial Square at 3 p.m., and organizers are inviting everyone to attend and support the Muslim community.

“As a way to stand against Islamophobia, and white supremacy, while also remembering those who were murdered and showing support for their families and communities, this event is to show solidarity with the Muslim community, as well as any other impacted communities,” reads the Facebook event description.

The vigil will include candle lighting and supportive note writing.

One of New Zealand’s “darkest days”

On Thursday, a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 48 more during the community’s Friday prayers.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden described the shooting as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”, and condemned the act of “unprecedented violence”.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shared his condolences for all of the victims of the attack, and BC’s legislature has lowered its Canadian flag to half-mast.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps has also issued a message expressing solidarity with the city’s Muslim community. 

Vigil for New Zealand mosque shooting

  • When: Friday, March 15th, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Centennial Square