Pulse shooter's Fort Pierce mosque has been target in past year

Posted at 6:09 AM, Jun 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-12 06:16:14-04

In the year since the Pulse Nightclub attack, people have targeted the Fort Pierce mosque where the shooter worshipped.

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In July, the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office arrested Taylor Mazzanti after a member of the mosque was beaten in the parking lot. The State Attorney’s Office later charged Mazzanti with a hate crime. The case remains open and is set for a hearing next month. 


Then in September, a man set the center on fire. Authorities charged Joseph Schreiber with arson in the case. A judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison in February.

Leaders at the Islamic Center decided to relocate, instead of rebuild, the damaged mosque partially because it was cost-prohibitive. The new center is now on Oleander Avenue.

Over the past year, the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce also saw support. It raised more than $70,000 online to rebuild after the fire. Plus dozens of community members held a vigil of solidarity.