HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse was already scheduled to speak at Hadee Mosque Thursday evening.
The event was devoted to promoting peace and a message of “Muslims for Loyalty.”
Many people at the event had heard about the arrest of 19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz for his alleged ties to ISIS.
“I had just heard about it myself five minutes ago and I have to say just not as a Muslim, but as a human being it’s very terrifying that there are people that intend to do harm to valuable innocent life,” said Sameea Safi, a member of Hadee Mosque.
Mayor Papenfuse spoke to the crowd, encouraging the members of the mosque to continue their work in the community and their message of peace and tolerance.
Papenfuse said he knew Aziz’s arrest was coming and found out about it Thursday afternoon in his office.
“It absolutely hits close to home. I think it shows that that type of radicalism can happen anywhere in America. At the same time, law enforcement was aware and acted well and no one’s safety was jeopardized at any time,” Papenfuse said.
The community outreach coordinator for the Hadee Mosque says Aziz was not a member the congregation.