Posted on September 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM
SEATTLE - Members of the Kenyan community gathered Monday night to remember the victims of the weekend violence. At least 62 people were killed at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Somalia's al-Qaida linked rebel group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Millie Ajuang clutched a framed photo of her uncle while she attended a candlelight vigil in Seattle's Westlake park.
"He had a family, he had a wife," sobbed Ajuang. "He was just going about his business in the mall. He didn't do anything wrong to anybody. I don't know why he had to pay."
Not wanting to cry alone, Ajuang stood beside other locals with ties to Kenya.
Abdi Mohamed and Mohamed Mohamud are both on the Somali American Public Affairs Council.
"Regardless of who they are, regardless of where they came from, we condemn these people," said Mohamed. "These people should not divide us."
Mohamud said, "it is close to our heart."
Jane Kagira lives in Seattle, but is from Kenya and still has family there. She attended Monday's vigil.
"I want to show the world we love our country, and we are ready to do anything to get peace in Kenya," said Kagira.