(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/12/20) – This Wednesday, MAS Social Services Foundation (MAS-SSF) and the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations (COSVIO) will co-host “Voices of Change: Remembering the Victims and Healing the Community.”

The event will be held in the wake of the tragic Oct. 3 shootings at East Market, which left two Afghan community members, Shujauddin Omar Kheil and Mobin Andishmand, dead and another injured. The gunman killed himself.

Imam Yasir Khan, COSVIO president, said:

“This tragedy has deeply impacted our community and left multiple families in mourning. We need to come together as a community to effectively connect people with the resources they need and to ensure something like this never happens again.”

Gulshan Yusufzai, MAS-SSF executive director, said:

“We’re sending heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families. MAS-SSF is in contact with the victims and their families to provide support. This unfortunate incident illustrates the urgent need to increase culturally competent services and support to the refugee community.”

Oussama Mokeddem, CAIR-SV policy and advocacy manager, said:

“Our community is in deep shock in light of this tragedy. We at CAIR are continuing to monitor the situation and work with MAS-SSF, other community partners and law enforcement to ensure a positive path forward. This is yet another instance that shows the dire need for culturally competent mental health education and services.”

The event will honor the victims while providing an opportunity to heal as a community and stand in solidarity with one another.

WHAT: Voices of Change: Remembering the Victims and Healing the Community 
WHEN: 5:15-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14
WHERE: Masjid Annur Islamic Center, 6990 65th St., Sacramento LIVE-

STREAM: On Facebook

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 regulations, only 100 people will be allowed in person. Everyone else will be asked to remain in their cars. MORE INFO: Facebook event

The Refugee Enrichment and Development Association (REDA); the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV); the Sacramento State Muslim Student Association; Al-Misbaah; Tarbiya Institute; Masjid Al-Tawheed; SALAM Islamic Center; Masjid Annur; Muslim Community of Folsom (MCF); and MAS Community and Youth Center (MCYC) are among the co-hosts of the event.

COSVIO is an umbrella group of mosques and Islamic organizations in the Sacramento Valley, including CAIR-SV.

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CONTACT: COSVIO Public Relations Officer Oussama Mokeddem, omokeddem@cair.com, 916-441-6269