Prayer Vigil Held for Slain Coptic Christian Family
Scores of believers gathered Saturday night for a candlelight prayer vigil at the home of a Coptic Christian family that was found brutally slain earlier this month.
According to the Associated Press, many attendees made passionate pleas to the community, urging them to remain peaceful and unified while investigators pursue leads in the murders of Hossam Armanious, a 47-year-old Coptic Christian, his 37-year-old wife, Amal Garas, and their daughters, Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8.
this month, enormous tensions between Muslims and Christians in
The St. Abraam's Coptic Orthodox Church in
arrests have been made,
the police investigation is over, we do not want to point the finger at
anyone," Mickey Raid, of
"A lot of people have been emotional and upset and have said some angry things, and we just want people to know we're all in this together," Raid said. "We want to show that there is a peaceful way to honor this family and react to this."
Currently, authorities are investigating the possibility that the Coptic Christian family was slain by a Muslim angered over postings that Armanious wrote in an Internet chat room. Investigators also continue to look at robbery as a possible motive; however, the "viciousness" of the attacks has led many to believe that the slayings did not stem from a simple robbery.