Vigils held across southeast Michigan mourning Pittsburgh shooting victims

Posted at 6:29 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 19:24:41-04

Sunday night people from all different backgrounds gathered to pay their respects to the 11 lives lost during a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning. 

“People are going to try to squash us and silence us, but we just sing louder,” said University of Michigan freshman Emily Anfang. 

The University of Michigan Hillel held a vigil on campus Sunday afternoon for students of all walks of life to come and mourn. 

Sophomore Seth Finkelstein is from the Pittsburgh area. He says he did not know any of the 11 people who were murdered, but says he is still trying to process the hateful act of violence. 

“I think right now I’m still kind like learning how to grieve and how to to get through it,” Finkelstein said. 

A crowd also gather outside Jewish Ferndale. In attendance, the only two Jewish members of the Michigan State House of Representatives. 

“This gathering here today is to mourn for those who are lost but also to assess where do we move forward from here,” said 35th District Representative Jeremy Moss. 

Robert Wittenberg, State Representative for Michigan's 27th District added, "In the Jewish religion we always say may their memory be a blessing and that’s why we came together today is to remember them.”