Statement from Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling following the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand:
“I woke up this morning heartbroken to the news of the horrific terror attack in New Zealand. No one should be unsafe or feel intimidated because of their religion. Violence, hatred, and intolerance have no place in the world. I offer my condolences to the victims, their families, and to all of the people of New Zealand.
“I spoke with the Imam of the Al-Madanay Islamic Center this morning to reassure him that Norwalk is a city that welcomes all people and beliefs. While indications are this was an isolated incident, out of an abundance of caution I have ordered the Norwalk Police Department to have an increased presence around the mosque and all places of worship in our city.”