Press Release: Hmong Leaders urge community to love and not to retaliate after shooting

ImageFrom the Hmong American Association that offices at Green Country Event Center/Garnett Church of Christ:

October 16, 2013, Tulsa, OK–There was unfortunate shooting at one of the Hmong Clans New Year Gathering on Saturday night, Oct. 12, 2013, in the Green County Event Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, causing five injuries. Fortunately, no one lost a life and three of the five victims were released from hospitals on Sunday afternoon, leaving two who were wounded in the torso and on the leg. (Latest report is that all five victims have been released.)

The Hmong community has lived in the Tulsa Metro area for more than 35 years, and sadly, this is the first such unprecedented incident. The Hmong community is shocked and disbelieved by the shooting. Due to the concern of the incident, the Hmong community leaders convened an emergency meeting yesterday (10/13/2013) to discuss what happened and how to prevent it from happening again.

After some investigations, it seemed that the shooting incident was not gang related; instead it was a conflict between two families of one of the 10 Hmong clans in the Tulsa Area. “We urge the Hmong and non-Hmong communities not to be panicked by this incident and the situation is under control,” said Linda Lor, former Executive Director of Hmong Association.

The meeting reached an agreement that each clan leader would go back to counsel the clan families who were involved in the incident not to take any violent action against each other, and to encourage other families to stay calm, and continue to love, and support one another.  And, for future safety of Hmong events, Hmong leaders and the Hmong Association has been and will continue to work with local authorities to provide extra security in the future.

While assistance to the victims is welcome, victims and families asked that their privacy be respected.

Hmong is an Asian ethnic group of refugees from Laos at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, with approximately 250,000 people scattered across the USA, and about 3,500 Hmong are in the Greater of Tulsa

Should you have any questions, please direct them to Xiathao Moua, President of Hmong American Association of Oklahoma and/or Linda Lor.

Between fear and hate: a response to shooting in our church

This 9:32 minute audio is Greg Taylor’s response given the morning after a shooting inside the building of the church where he preaches, Garnett Church of Christ.

Click on play button to listen

We chose the following media link because it more effectively shows the Hmong community response.

Shooting at Hmong Party in Tulsa

The Hmong leader interviewed in the story, Linda Lor, had just spoken to me minutes before she was interviewed on camera and she assured me that the Hmong community is coming together, that this is a wake up call for them and for us in many ways to pay closer attention to Hmong (and all) youth, anger, forgiveness, love. She said, “this shooting was due to an unforgiven grudge,” a targeted shooting toward one man in particular within a family clan.

That clan is planning a gathering at our church this weekend. Please pray for love to reign in this place where a shooting took place last weekend.

The audio above states what we want to say for now: blessings, prayers, support, love for and to the Hmong community. We also want to thank all those in our church and community and the nation who have been praying for us here. We feel and value your prayers and know the Holy Spirit is working through us as we seek to respond in ways that Christ would want us to respond, not with fear nor with hate but with love for all, including those who try to do us harm.

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