Today, our hearts are heavy with the weight of the tragic events that unfolded in our beloved city of Nottingham. Our diverse and vibrant community has been shaken, and we stand united in our shared pain and sorrow.
As faith and community leaders, we come together in solidarity to express our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who have lost their loved ones. We cannot fathom the depth of your sorrow, but we offer our unwavering support, prayers, and love during this unimaginably difficult time. Please know that you are not alone; the entire community stands with you.
Nottingham is a city enriched by its diversity, where people from all walks of life come together to create a tapestry of cultures, beliefs, and traditions. Our strength lies in our unity, and it is precisely this unity that we must harness to navigate through these dark hours. Together, we will heal, support one another, and rebuild our sense of peace and security.
We stand in solidarity with all the residents and their families hurt and by the events that took place on Tuesday, and for those on night and early shifts driving, maintaining and keeping our city running smoothly. Nottingham is a city of students, a place where young minds from around the country and world come to learn, grow, and contribute to our collective future. We mourn the loss of three lives, extinguished too soon.
In the face of this tragedy, we must not allow hatred and division to define us. We reject any attempts to sow seeds of discord and animosity among us. Violence has no place in our communities. Instead, we choose love, compassion and understanding as our guiding principles. Nottingham will come together as one, to support and comfort those who have been affected and to prevent such senseless acts of violence from tearing apart our city.
This evening, we will gather in Old Market Square in the City Centre at 5.30pm to share our feelings of love, peace and unity. We must remember the strength and resilience that lies within our community. In the face of adversity, we have always risen, united and stronger than ever before. Together, we will heal. Together, we will overcome. And together, we will build a future that honours the lives we have lost.
May the divine grant solace to the grieving, strength to the weary, and hope to the despondent. May our collective efforts bring comfort to those who mourn and inspire a renewed commitment to building a world where such tragedies become relics of the past. Nothing will shake the bonds between our communities and public services in delivering a welcoming, safe, friendly City.
We commit ourselves to providing solace, offering spaces for healing and reflection, and fostering dialogue that strengthens the bonds between us. We will work tirelessly to ensure that Nottingham remains a city where people feel safe, valued, and respected.
From the Faith and Community Leaders of Nottingham
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