Thank You, Willmar, MN: 270 Show Support for Grieving Muslim Community
Let’s not allow the current political ugliness make us lose faith that there are many more kind-hearted, compassionate Americans out there than there are bigots & racists. Wosmek, the man who organized the walk, is a Willmar police officer.
THIS is what America is supposed to be about, what makes it great, not all the fear, threats and sleazy disparagement the GOP’s chief carnival barker is hawking.
WILLMAR—When Jared Wosmek posted on Facebook last week that he wanted to hold a walk Saturday to show support for Willmar’s Muslim community as it grieved the drowning deaths of two young boys, he wasn’t sure what kind of response he would get.
“My thought was that if only a few people showed up, that would be great,” he said.
But the outpouring of support went way beyond anything he imagined.
An estimated 270 people showed up to join the walk Saturday afternoon. They started at Bethel Lutheran Church in downtown Willmar, went past the mosque on the north side of town and ended at Foot Lake near the fairgrounds, where the two boys drowned last week.
The deaths of Ahmed Hashi, 11, and Idris Hussein, 10, on June 28 shook the entire town but hit the close-knit Muslim community especially hard, Wosmek said. […]