By Rick Sallinger

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Leaders of Colorado’s Jewish Community attended Friday prayers at the Colorado Muslim Society mosque in Arapahoe County. They gathered there as a sign of solidarity following the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand.

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Iman Jodeh, the spokesperson for the Colorado Muslim Society, was grateful.

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“It speaks volumes in how we stand in solidarity and our shared values,” she said.

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There were community leaders including the Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser.

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Weiser told those who gathered, “An attack on any of us for our faith is an attack on all of us.”

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Outside the gathering, deputies and security guards were on standby. They were aware of what happened in New Zealand and were on alert.

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At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques during midday prayers Friday — most if not all of them gunned down by an immigrant-hating white supremacist who apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook.

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At the end of the midday prayers a mosque leader announced, “Thank you to the sheriff’s department, to the Department of Justice, thank you to the community who came to support us.”

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Terror knows no boundaries. Last year, nearly a dozen were killed at a Jewish temple in Pittsburgh.

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Then, Colorado’s Muslim community showed its support for this area’s Jewish community. Now that support is being returned.

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Rabbi Joseph Friedman of DAT Minyan said, “We just felt that what we needed to do to reciprocate. It’s tragic in such a short time we have to do that, but we are doing that.”

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Rabbi Joseph Black of Temple Emmanuel told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger, “This is about showing support for people who are grieving and we grieving with them.”

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The traditional Muslim Friday prayers had became place for communal mourning. A vigil is scheduled to take place at the mosque Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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Rick Sallinger

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