ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR)--- Through pain and sorrow, members of the Muslim Association of Greater Rockford gather for sermons and prayers.
"My daughter yesterday when she heard about the news she said 'I'm scared to go to school' she's in the third grade," says Imam Mohamed Elghobashy.
The mosques shooting in New Zealand gripped the Muslim community, and many are struggling with one key question, why?
"They were killed in the most sacred day which is Friday for Muslims, in one of the most sacred places on earth which is the mosques and they were praying. They were doing nothing to hurt other people, they were just praying to God," says Elghobashy.
Elghobashy says an outpouring of support from the Rockford area residents helps with the healing and shows that our community stands in solidarity.
Officer Dennis Wysong says local law enforcement offered the mosque protection with the hope of bringing a sense of security to the community.
"We're hopping that our presence and the support of the sheriff's department here today," says Wysong.