Candlelight vigil held in Knoxville for victims of Pakistan school shooting

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Muslim community of Knoxville came together Thursday night, a day after a shooting at a school in Pakistan left about 150 dead-- most of those children.

A candlelight vigil was held during the 'Prayers for Peshawar' ceremony at the Anoor Academy in West Knoxville.

The vigil was open to everyone. The goal was to show support for those suffering around the world and make it clear this type of violence will not be tolerated.

"I think it helps to raise the awareness-- that we support the peace in the community and we are a part of the peace process. we don't support terrorism. we are against the terrorism. the religion never supports any kind of oppression. we are here to show our support for the victims," said Mohammad Shafi, who attended the vigil.

After the candlelight vigil, the group prayed for peace throughout the world.