A group of community members are standing together after a Guelph hate crime occurred last month.  

On September 24, Guelph police reported that two men had both been assaulted "for being Muslim" while they were standing outside of a residence at College Avenue West and Scottsdale Drive.

The 45-year-old suspect was charged with two counts of assault. 

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When the incident became known, residents responded with notes of support that were left at the entrance of the Muslim Society of Guelph on Water Street.

The notes had messages such as "racism sucks", "we stand with you" and "community and togetherness" written on separate sheets of paper and taped along the entrance.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church also put "we stand with our Muslim community love wins" on their message board, while a local synagogue also sent a message saying "sending our support from your friends at Beth Isaiah."

The Muslim Society of Guelph posted their thanks and appreciation on their social media accounts.

"Thank you to whoever left these wonderful messages full of love and support and balloons to brighten our day," says a Facebook post.

"This evening few random people showed up at our Mosque at Water Street and shower their love for the community. Proud to be a Guelphite. Thank you," they tweeted

 
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