Local Muslim leader issues statement on Orlando shooting

Published: Jun. 12, 2016 at 10:15 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In the wake of Sunday morning's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., a local Muslim leader is sounding off on the potential terrorist ties of the shooter.

"Our heavy heart, thought, and prayers are with victims of Orlando shooting and their families, we are in shock of this heinous crime committed against our fellow American citizens in Florida," Dr. Ammar Almasalkhi of the Muslim Community Center of Louisville said in a statement. "The act of this mentally unstable, violent individual fly against the teaching of our religion, and reflect betrayal of Islamic values that promote love, peace, and brotherhood for all mankind."

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"People who propagate hate, breed violence, and divide our nation," the statement continues. "We stand united with our Muslim, and none Muslim bothers and sisters in our country the United State of America, rejecting division along religious, ethnic, gender, or sexual orientation. May Allah bestow his mercy on the victims and their families, ease their suffering, and heal their hearts. May peace prevail, may love always trumps hate."

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