The Islamic Center in Fort Collins, Colorado was vandalized on Saturday night. The windows were smashed by rocks, and a Bible was thrown into the prayer room inside. Furniture outside was smashed, and the legs of some of the chairs were jammed in the door handles. Security footage shows a single man, looking to be in his 20s, attacking the building. “Anything he could get a hold of, he wanted to damage,” said Tawfik AboEllail, President of the Center, “Thank god he didn’t burn the building down.” Members of the congregation arriving for prayer at 5:30 this morning found the damage, with broken glass strewn across the carpet inside.
A rally was coordinated by a rabbi in response to the attack, and congregants of local churches stopped in to visit their neighbors during the day on Sunday. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help defray the costs of the vandalism. As of Sunday evening, it had already raised over $11,000 of its $15,000 goal.