By PATRICK SKAHILL
A Connecticut man convicted of a hate crime is now working to combat stereotypes about Islam.
His story, which made headlines around the world, sprang out of an attack on a mosque in Meriden in 2015.
After a night of drinking, Ted Hakey, Jr., a former marine, fired several shots into the Ahmadiyya Baitul Aman Mosque. No one was injured in the attack. Hakey served six months in federal prison — he was released earlier this year.
Shortly following the shooting, Hakey apologized to — and was forgiven by — members of the Meriden Muslim community.
Zahir Mannan, is the mosque’s outreach director. Speaking on WNPR’s Where We Live, Mannan said, since then, Hakey became “more than a brother” to him.
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