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No one should have to worry about their safety while they worship and Americans of all faiths need to stand united against religious-based violence, President Barack Obama said Monday.

Obama, speaking at an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, honored the three victims of Sunday’s attack on a Jewish community center and retirement complex in Kansas City. The accused gunman is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a long history of anti-Semitism and racism.

“Nobody should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers,” Obama said. “No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.”

The president pledged government support for the investigation and said the American people, regardless of religion, need to come together in their support as well.

“As Americans, we not only need to open our hearts to the families of the victims, we need to stand united against this kind of terrible violence which has no place in our society,” Obama said.