Residents honour Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Approximately 30 Sioux Lookout and area residents gathered at St. Andrew’s United Church on Oct. 31 for a vigil of solidarity and hope for the victims and families affected by a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27.
The group at the vigil gathered in a circle and read the names and a short biography, in remembrance and honour, of each of the eleven victims that were killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.
Participants then had an opportunity to share their thoughts on the incident.
“We, as individuals, can each personally be people who are kind, compassionate and promote togetherness in our community,” said Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrance during the vigil.
“We must continue to have hope and continue to act positively. Thank you for organizing this event and helping to bring the community together,” said Councillor Joyce Timpson.
Terry Lynne Jewell, who hosted the vigil, said she was encouraged and inspired by those who came out.
“For me, it is encouraging to have like-minded people here and know there are people in the community that will speak up when things are wrong. That encourages me as an individual to speak up and take action when needed,” Jewell concluded.