Marty Walsh Will Attend Service at Boston Mosque after New Zealand Attack

He'll be joined by interfaith leaders, the Islamic Society of Boston says.

December 11, 2016 – Mayor Walsh offers remarks during an Interfaith Service at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury. (Mayor’s Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson)

In the wake of the deadly attack on Muslim worshippers in New Zealand that left scores dead, Mayor Marty Walsh will attend a service at a Boston mosque Friday.

The mayor will reportedly be joined by Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and city faith leaders at a 1 p.m. service at Roxbury’s Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.

“Boston’s thoughts are with New Zealand and with Muslims all across the world as we mourn the loss of the innocent lives taken from us in a place of peace and worship,” Walsh wrote in a tweet Friday. “To my Muslim friends and neighbors, Boston stands with you and loves you.”

On Facebook, the mosque issued a call for unity after what’s been described as a racist terrorist attack.

“In Boston, we are a community that sticks together. Tragedy after tragedy, Bostonians from diverse faiths and backgrounds have come together, supported one another, and spoke out against hate,” the ISCC wrote on Facebook. “We do not let fear and hate bully us. We expect nothing less this time. We are Boston Strong.”

Although none have said any threat exists today, Boston area police departments say they are stepping up patrols at area mosques.

Also on Facebook, the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge wrote that it would be “increasing our security measures” for its Friday services and that it would be working with Cambridge police. The post from the mosque was accompanied by a photo of a small sign hung on a tree, reading “Welcome neighbors!”