The mother of convicted al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was tearfully embraced by the mother of a Sept. 11 terror victim at a church gathering, according to a media report Monday.
Aicha el-Wafi appeared at the "welcoming gathering" on Sunday attended by peace workers and anti-death-penalty activists at a church in White Plains, outside New York City, before returning home to France, the Journal News reported.
At Sunday's gathering, Connie Taylor, who lost her 37-year-old son, Bradley, on Sept. 11, stepped toward el-Wafi and embraced her. Many of those who formed a circle around them also began to cry, The Journal News reported.
Taylor said that el-Wafi's plight was greater than her own.
"She is blaming her son, in part," Taylor told the newspaper. "That must be so horrible. I didn't experience that."
"The hardest suffering in the world today is that of parents who lose their children," el-Wafi said in French. "There will never be an explanation to justify this. The suffering will last forever."
She said that her older son has also joined an Islamist movement, in Lebanon. "In these movements, they look for the little cracks to get into people's minds and control them," she said.