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Vigil held In East Lansing for synagogue victims

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Posted at 6:53 AM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 06:53:56-04

Monday night people crossed the lines of color and religion, uniting as one to remember the victims in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.

“It was just so nice to see so many different groups of faith and different students come together”, said MSU Junior Maya Al-Saghir.

“There were students, there were parents, there were grand-parents… all that came out tonight to show support to Jewish students on campus.”

Saturday 11 people were killed at a synagogue in Pittsburg.

The news pulled on the heart strings of people around the world and here at home.

“My parents are refugees from the Soviet Union”, said MSU student Eli Pales.

“They came over because they were uh persecuted for being Jews. You know Jews have been run out of almost everywhere they've been for the past 2,000 years. They came to America because America is supposed to be safe.”

Members from the MSU Jewish Student Union hosted a candlelight vigil to honor the lives that were taken and to come together in solidarity against hate.

“It was important for me to come out here because as a Jewish person whenever we face any kind of trial or any kind of celebration rather, it's in the Jewish custom to come together as a group, as a community and celebrate together or support each other in times of grieving”, Jake Nitzkin explained.

People expressed their worries, fears and disappointments, while holding on to hope and leaning on each other for support.

“You know the United States I guess we can consider is the closest safe haven that we have outside of Israel to be able to practice our Judaism freely”,Nitzkin said.

“To think that somebody would walk into a Synagogue with a gun and shoot all these people that were praying on the Sabbath...it's really devastating.”

Memorial services for the eleven victims will be held Tuesday through Friday.