Ashland University Holds Vigil For Synagogue Victims

  • 11/1/2018 9:04:33 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - In response to the tragedy of Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania's deadly synagogue shooting on Saturday, Ashland University held a candlelight vigil at the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel for community members to share a solemn moment and reflect on the idea of being united under all faiths.

"There was some discussion amongst the community as to how we were going to remember and provide some space and time for students and the community to mourn the tragic loss of the Tree of Life victims this past week," said Robert Pool, Vice President of Student Affairs at Ashland University. "This is a difficult time we're living in. It's just another tragic reminder of the conflict we're all seeing."

A small crowd stood silently as several speakers shared their opinions and thoughts on what could help the country heal.

"The takeaway, I hope, is that people will see this event as yet another example of how we need to be engaged and involved in even small ways to reduce conflict, find a resolution to the conflict, to seek peace and healing among individuals who are all around us, struggling in various ways," Pool said.

Over 20 people attended the vigil, as a sign of solidarity to stand with the victims of the Tree of Life.

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