Indiana Race Relations Council Organizes Vigil at Vandalized Mosque

July 24, 2006

Source: Northwest Indiana News

On July 24, 2006 Northwest Indiana News reported, "The Northwest Indiana Race Relations Council is urging the public to attend an ecumenical gathering at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Islamic Center of Michigan City, the mosque that recently sustained nearly $9,000 in damage from vandalism.

'We feel it is very important that the community come to see the damage and to show its support,' said J. Allen Johnson, the council's executive director.

'The people within that small community of believers are in shock that something like this would happen to them,' said Johnson. 'We want that community to know they are not alone. Whoever did this can know that we don't share that.'

Vandals reportedly shot holes in the copper dome of the mosque, broke a number of windows, and etched the letters 'KKK' on a sign.

The FBI is investigating the case as a possible hate crime, but Special Agent Wendy Osborne said Friday that the bureau has no new information on the case."