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Muslim groups to honor U.S. ambassador in O.C. vigil

September 14, 2012 |  2:33 pm

Groups representing Southern California Muslims are planning a candlelight vigil Friday in Orange County in honor of the slain U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three others killed Tuesday after armed protesters attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. 

The groups organizing the vigil -- the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area, and the Libyan American Association of Southern California --  each issued statements condemning the violence.

Militant protests have erupted in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and elsewhere, apparently incited by an anti-Muslim film called "Innocence of Muslims" that was made in Southern California.

"Ambassador Stevens played a vital role in supporting the Libyan people during their struggle against the former dictator [Moammar Kadafi]  and was a strong presence in the most recent months in Libya," the groups organizing the vigil said in a statement.

"He was loved and respected by the Libyan American community, as he was a positive presence and truly loved the Libyan people and culture.... The acts of these few narrow-minded [people]  are horrific and simply do not represent Islam. "

CAIR has called on Muslims to ignore the "trashy" anti-Muslim movie. 

The vigil in Tustin is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. at The District at Tustin Legacy shopping plaza, 2437 Park Ave.

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