BRIGHTON — Nearly 3,000 people gathered Sunday at Temple B'rith Kodesh, among people in communities across the country mourning the 11 people viciously killed inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Police say Robert Bowers shot and killed the victims during a service at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
“It just broke my heart; my heart was utterly shattered and I felt so bad for the people who lost their lives,” said Ariana Diggry, a Webster resident at the Temple B'rith Kodesh vigil.
Taking part in the vigil were families of different races and religions, political leaders from both sides and law enforcement from all departments — all coming together to show solidarity in light of a crime fueled by hate.
“I feel sick to my stomach since yesterday. I’m just here to support my Jewish brothers and sisters,” said Munir Bahai, a Victor resident who told News 10NBC he isn’t Jewish.
As families said prayers, law enforcement personnel were present as well to provide security. Saturday’s shooting has ignited conversations about safety measures in places of worship.
“We want to make it clear we are worried about their safety and security,” said Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson. “We're here for them and you'll see uniforms present inside and outside the building.”
“What it says is we have the foundation of a path to a better place, to a happier time,” said Senior Rabbi Peter Stein. “That we're here to take care of one another in difficult times.”
The accused killer is expected in court Monday and is facing 29 federal charges including hate crimes.