A Syrian man whose family was the first to be resettled in the U.S. as part of the new U.S. "surge" refugee program has faced several challenges since arriving in Kansas City.

But on Monday he wanted to express his sorrow over the Orlando nightclub shootings.

Ahmad Alabood, a 45-year-old former construction worker from Homs, Syria, spoke through an interpreter at a news conference at a school operated by Della Lamb Community Center, which has handled the family's resettlement since they arrived in April from Jordan.

Alabood said he feels for the families of the victims of the nightclub shootings and wants people to know the shooter doesn't represent Islam.

Alabood, his wife and five children were the first Syrians to be resettled in the U.S. under the surge program designed to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by Sept. 30.