Vigil Held For Family Slain In
POSTED: 8:20 am EST January 31, 2005
UPDATED: 12:02 pm EST January 31, 2005
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Dozens of people gathered Saturday night for a candlelight prayer vigil at the home where four members of an Egyptian immigrant family were found brutally slain earlier this month.
Many attendees made passionate pleas to the community, urging them to remain peaceful and unified while investigators pursue leads in the deaths of Hossam Armanious, a 47-year-old Coptic Christian, his 37-year-old wife, Amal Garas, and their daughters, Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8.
The family's bound and
gagged bodies were found in their
Some people soon
speculated that Hossam Armanious
had angered Muslims with Internet postings in a religious chat room. Those
claims led to widespread tension between Christians and Muslims in
And while no arrests
have been made,
"Until 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."
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