WEST CHESTER TWP. - It's 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, where Muslim, Christian and Jewish community members have gathered for an inner-faith dinner to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Children laugh and play, while their parents get up for a second or third helping. Many of the Muslims here have spent the day fasting in observance of the holy month, which is intended to bring followers closer to God.
But on the outskirts of the room, TV crews and reporters have gathered. The reporters watch as people eat, eager to ask about an early morning attack Sunday that left 50 people dead in Orlando. Authorities identified the suspect in the shooting as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old who claimed affiliation with ISIS, or the Islamic State.