Declaring an end to "a period of agony in our community," Muslim, Christian and other religious leaders signed a pledge to strengthen interfaith ties in the aftermath of the slaying of an Egyptian Christian family.
Representatives of Muslim, Coptic Christian, Catholic, Hindu, Bahai, Episcopal and Lutheran congregations met at City Hall on Wednesday to sign an oversized copy of a pledge not to let the divisions that followed the slayings happen again.
The Coptic Christian family, Hossam Armanious, 47; his wife, Amal Garas, 37; and their children, Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8, were found slain in their home Jan. 14. Authorities think they had been killed three days earlier.
Friends of the family speculated that they might have been killed by Muslims angered over postings Hossam Armanious made in an Internet chat room under the user name "I Love Jesus." The chat room is frequented by both Muslims and Christians.
Two non-Muslims were charged in the killings, with robbery listed as the likely motive, but many in the Coptic community assert that religious antagonism was behind the crime.
The ceremony Wednesday was aimed at healing the wounds.
Many Coptics complain of discrimination in Egypt, where they comprise less than 6 percent of the population.