October 30, 2018
A vigil was held Saturday evening, just hours following the shooting. A crowd of hundreds gathered at the intersection of Murray and Forbes, where police blocked the streets and rerouted traffic so the community could mourn together.
Families and friends gathered together to sing traditional Jewish songs, burn candles and participate in a moment of silence to remember the 11 members of their neighborhood that were killed that morning.
Students from Taylor Allderdice High School worked alongside Sixth Presbyterian church Saturday afternoon to organize a gathering where community members wouldn’t have to be alone in their grief.
“We need to allow ourselves to grieve and comfort other members of our community,” Cody Murphy, who helped organize the event, said at the opening of the vigil.
The students gathered at a local Starbucks around 2 p.m. to plan the gathering that began around 6:30 that evening. Rebecca Glickman, one of the students who organized the event, lives just two blocks from the Tree of Life Synagogue.
“I was saddened and scared and sure I would know someone who was there,” Glickman said. “After the horrific tragedy this morning, we saw a need in our community to unify together.”