Fire Destroyed a Mosque. 20K People Chip in to Rebuild
$970K raised on GoFundMe for Texas' Islamic Center of Victoria
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2017 12:21 PM CST
Victoria firefighters respond to a fire at the Islamic Center of Victoria on Saturday in Victoria, Texas.   (Barclay Fernandez/The Victoria Advocate via AP)
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(Newser) – An online fund established to raise money to rebuild a South Texas mosque destroyed by fire over the weekend has far exceeded its $850,000 goal. A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the Islamic Center of Victoria indicated Tuesday that about $970,000 has been raised in just three days; the page shows more than 20,600 people have contributed. Fire officials say it's too early to determine the cause of the blaze early Saturday morning, the AP reports. The mosque was broken into about a week ago and was the target of a hate message in 2013, but Muslim leaders and others are cautioning against a rush to judgment. The Victoria Advocate reports that police estimate about 400 people attended a prayer rally Sunday outside the remains of the mosque.

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