Chicago’s Malaysian community holds prayer vigil

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A candlelight prayer vigil held tonight by members of Chicago’s close knit Malaysian community.

That ceremony just wrapping up.

A small gathering here in Bridgeport, but a meaningful one. Members of Chicago’s Malaysian community thanking their city for its outpouring of support while acknowledging the global nature of this attack, which claimed victims from 11 countries.

Tonight they lit 298 candles at the corner of 31st and Wallace, one for each of the lives lost.

There was an emotional moment of silence. A prayer for the passengers and air crew. And an acknowledgment of how delicate the balance is between life and death. How quickly life can be taken away.

“This is not only a tragedy for the Dutch, the Malaysians but a tragic moment for humanity.”

“We are very, very shocked and very, very sad. And our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.”

Their thoughts are also with the victims aboard Malaysian airlines flight 370, which disappeared in March. They’re hoping that this time, families get some answers. And maybe some justice.

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