June 18, 2015
To dear friends in South Carolina,

On behalf of my associates at Peace Islands Institute here in New Jersey, I would like to express our great sorrow regarding the tragic shooting that took place June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

We were shocked, saddened and horrified to learn of this incident. We extend our condolences to all those who lost friends and loved ones.

This violent act stands in direct conflict with mission of Peace Island Institute: tolerance, mutual respect and understanding, interfaith dialogue, friendship and peace.

Please know that we stand with you in this dark hour as the Charleston community grieves and heals. You will be in our hearts and prayers.

Yours truly,

Ercan Tozan
Executive Director
Peace Islands Institute
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ