Messages of hope appear outside Nashville Islamic center

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Messages of hope were found written in chalk outside the Islamic Center of Nashville on Thursday.

It began with one message, written on the sidewalk outside the 12th Avenue South location, and quickly grew to dozens of messages.

April Benson-Scearce and her 3-year-old son began drawing cheerful images and words Thursday morning. Soon, about 30 people stopped to contribute to the chalk mural as it stretched down the block.

Some say “We love you”  and “Love Trumps Hate,” while others are simply hearts.

The messages are being written to show support and solidarity for all Muslims in Nashville.

“I wrote thank you for making our town more beautiful because I think that having folks of different religions and different backgrounds and different cultures makes this place that much more special to live in,” said Hannah Masters.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.