Duluth, MN – Hundreds turned out at Duluth’s Temple Israel Thursday evening to honor the 11 people killed inside a Pittsburgh synagogue
Members of the congregation were joined by supporters from throughout the Twin Ports at the vigil.
Many people were in tears as they tried to wrap their minds around why the gunman targeted Jews at Tree of Life Synagogue last weekend.
The president of Temple Israel says the attack hits close to home for many, even outside of the Jewish community.
“It’s been heartwarming. It really has. I mean people coming in there in tears or upset about a situation that didn’t directly affect them, but I mean it affects everybody. But it hits a little closer to home when you take somebody out looking for Jewish people, and harm/violence to them. But it was very heartwarming, and it makes me feel good about being a part of this congregation and this community,” Temple President, Josh Widdes, said.
The gunman, Robert Bowers, faces 44 federal charges. and 32 of the counts against him are punishable by death.