Members of Michigan’s growing Iraqi Christian community expressed sorrow and anger Monday over the weekend attack on a Baghdad church that left at least 58 people dead and 78 wounded.

The Rev. Safaa Habash, associate pastor of St. Toma Syriac Catholic church in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, said two of the priests killed Sunday were his students several years ago at a Baghdad seminary.

“They were promising priests, really seeking, working for peace and justice in Iraq,” Habash said of Thaer Abdal and Waseem Sabih. “They stayed, they remained with the people. They were good role models.”

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