Louisville's Turkish community gathers to honor Istanbul airport victims

Several faiths gather in support of victims of attack at Turkish airport

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose on Thursday, Turkish and Muslim communities in WAVE Country gathered in prayer to honor the lives lost.
 
While Turkish authorities believe the attack is the work of ISIS, a clear message was sent by those speaking at Thursday night's vigil. The terrorist attacks are not guided or supported by their religions, according to American Turkish Friendship Association leaders.

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Muslim, Jewish, Turkish and Christian faiths gathered at the American Turkish Friendship Association. One by one, the faiths united to honor the lives lost on Tuesday.
 
A strong Turkish community breaths across the city, as more than 200 families relocated in Louisville 10 years ago.
 
One speaker fears Americans are becoming more afraid and suspicious of Muslims, making it difficult for the community to build bridges.

"We have doctors, surgeons, engineers, outstanding community leaders and they're very successful people in less than 10 years," foundation secretary Mirac Ozkir said.
 
One message shared by association director Mehmet Demirel was, "We don't want fighting here, we want peace, peace around the world".
 
Mayor Greg Fisher and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad were at the vigil, followed by a dinner.
 
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