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Thousands attend vigil for victims of Penn. synagogue shooting

Posted: 10:00 PM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-30 03:47:04Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of community members gathered inside an Overland Park synagogue Monday night for a vigil to remember the 11 victims shot and killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue

Inside the sanctuary at Kehilath Israel Synagogue, it was standing-room only. Organizers told 41 Action News more than 3,000 people attended, including Dennis Miller. 

Miller was attending Saturday services for his nephew’s bar mitzvah when he heard about the shooting. 

"It brought home to us very clearly that it could have been us, it could have been our family and friends,” he said. 

Saturday’s shooting comes four years after a deadly shooting at Overland Park’s Jewish Community Center , only a couple minutes from where Monday’s vigil took place. A white supremacist shot and killed three people, including Mindy Corporon’s son and father. 

"Their lives are affected forever, for the rest of their lives just like my life is affected forever,” she told 41 Action News. 

Monday’s vigil included remarks from religious leaders in the community, including churches and mosques. Their messages: unity. 

"Being able to do this as a community means a lot and sort of softens the pain for a lot of people,” said Gavriela Geller, Executive Director of the JCRB|AJC. “We needed to convene the community together and have a message of strength and unity and pride in our Jewishness and really bring people together across the faith spectrum to show that we will not back down.”