Chattanooga Muslims Mourning, Anxious After Shootings

Mohsin Ali, a member of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, has Christian friends and sometimes speaks at area churches about his Islamic faith. Ali, 42, can now only hope those delicate relationships aren't torn by the fact that a fellow Muslim, a young man who attended his mosque, shot and killed four Marines and a sailor.As other communities in the region have dissolved in turmoil over the building of mosques and other matters, peaceful coexistence has largely prevailed here.
Valencia Brewer, the wife of a Baptist minister, knows how she'll try to see Muslims as the days after the horrific shooting turn to weeks. SHe said, "I think the way you have to look at it is this was an individual person. You can't point at all Muslims because of this."
Ali and Brewer were among more than 1,000 people who attended a memorial service Friday night at a Baptist church for the victims. Ali, one of the speakers, railed against alleged shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez as a "murderer" who committed a "cowardly and cruel" act.



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