“It hurts all those days for the past few days that this thing happened it takes your sleep away.”
Florin Ciuriuc says it’s infuriating; the two boys – like many immigrants – came here to enjoy the freedoms that America provides.
“You start thinking why you came to America. A peaceful country with opportunities like no other country in the world and you still want to do things that are hurting.”
Ciuriuc worries about the backlash. The government might say enough is enough and close the borders.
“Are hurting our policies and maybe the future of the whole immigrant community.”
Florin Ciuriuc is the president of the Slavic Community Center. He is from Romania and is speaking on behalf of many Chechens too afraid to talk. Afraid for their families back in Chechnya.
“Are afraid to say something because they know the history of the country and retaliations that happened in the past where families where hurt because somebody did something from their family.”
The Russian community has a special prayer service Friday night. They are praying for all the lives lost in this horrible tragedy, and that people remember these two men don’t represent the Slavic-American community.