Local congregations rally around graffiti-marred mosque

Someone painted "Trump" on the Masjid Al-Noor Islamic Center in Waterloo. It was reported to police on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (Submitted photo)
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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- Some Waterloo-area congregations and members of the clergy have rallied in support of an Islamic center that was marred by graffiti.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2eaUmdE ) that an interfaith prayer service was held Sunday afternoon on the steps of the Masjid Al-Noor Islamic Center in Waterloo. The Rev. Steve Williams of First United Methodist Church of Cedar Falls told Islamic officials that "we want to be here and support you."

Members of the Islamic Center and the other churches planted what they called a "peace tree" in front of the building.

The graffiti consisted of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's last name spray-painted in red letters on a brick wall of the center. It was reported to police Friday and has since been removed.

No arrests have been reported.