Sacred Heart University students, staff pray for victims of Sri Lanka attacks

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FAIRFIELD -

Students, staff and religious leaders from Sacred Heart University came together Wednesday night for a prayer service for the victims of the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.

People from more than a dozen foreign countries were killed in the blasts. The death toll now stands at 359. At least 45 of those victims were children.

Religious leaders want students at Sacred Heart University to feel comfortable on campus and know that the school stands together regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs or social status.

 "We very much stand for values which are values of non-violence, peacemaking and forgiveness," says Father Anthony Ciorra.

The prayer service, that was led by a local priest, rabbi and imam, included messages of solidarity and hope for the future.

"Regardless of how far we are physically, I think our emotions are with them. We stand in solidarity with every human being who is suffering today," says Rabbi Marcelo Kormis.

"Everyone deserves a place in this world, no matter what their religion is, whether it's Christianity, Judaism, Islam, we all deserve a place in this world," says Sacred Heart University senior Ted Rosner.

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