COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush says authorities have no information about any imminent threats in the country but everyone should continue to be vigilant in the wake of mass shootings at two mosques.
Bush told a news conference that the investigation into Thursday's attacks, Friday locally, that killed at least 49 was wide ranging and ongoing. Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old man, has been arrested and charged with murder.
Following the attacks in New Zealand, going back to a place of worship could leave some with an uneasy feeling. The Islamic Society of Colorado Springs says, despite their increase in security, some of their members didn't show up on Friday.
"That might be be because some people were concerned about the possibility," Arshad Yousufi with the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs explained.
In 2007 a gunman opened fire in New Life Church on the north side of Colorado Springs. Their community has been working on moving forward for each other.
"There's still hope in front of us," Senior Pastor with New Life Church Brady Boyd told 11 News. "Because of what we were able to give healing, receive healing, rally together and our prayer community is stronger than it ever was."
Boyd personally knows the pain that comes with these tragedies. He hopes the Muslim community can heal.
"We pray that this violence would end," Boyd added. "That they would find healing and that's what we can offer them, and we mean that sincerely."
The Islamic Society of Colorado Springs says these tragedies bring out the greater good in people.
"There have been many messages of support," Yousufi said. "People actually came to the mosque with gifts and cards expression their support, their sympathy for the people who have been killed."