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1906 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78753
Nueces Mosque condemns murder and terrorism in Boston Marathon Attacks
Austin, TX – April 19, 2013 – Members of Nueces Mosque are extremely saddened at the tragedy that transpired at the Boston Marathon and the days following it. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the city of Boston. We condemn the acts of the suspected terrorists in the strongest terms and stand in solidarity with our fellow Americans.
The 500-member mosque's Imam, Mohamed-Umer Esmail, called the murders and violence an "affront to Islam."
"These actions are an affront to Islam and to Muslims in America and abroad. They are in no way a reflection of Islamic teachings, which advise Muslims to preserve and protect life. We absolutely condemn them and call for those responsible to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
“We also request media not to speculate on the possible faith of the suspects, as they did not in the cases of the recent ricin poison suspect or the Sandy Hook killer, or the Aurora Theater killer.”
Esmail added that he and his congregation offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to victims and their families at this time of great sorrow and distress in our nation.