1,000 attend vigil in Richmond
Ronald E. Carrington | 11/1/2018, 6 a.m.
Ms. Northam extended sympathy on behalf of the governor and her family and spoke of tolerance and an America built on inclusivity.
“Here in Virginia, we welcome people of every faith, every nationality, every race and every orientation,” she said.
She urged people to stand united and to turn grief into advocacy.
“Speak out. Be informed. Get involved — to fight bigotry and intolerance, to preserve the great country we all know and love.”
Mr. Herring thanked the attendees for supporting “the global Jewish community and one another.”
“We must not and cannot give into cynicism. And as people of faith, we have to continue to carry a message of hope and healing, love and unity,” he said.
The vigil ended with a Jewish prayer for peace that was song and the large crowd held up candles and lights.
Savion Washington, an African-American senior at Benedictine College Preparatory School and member of Chabad of Virginia synagogue, stood with his mother. He said students at his school weren’t talking about what happened in Pittsburgh, but he felt the need to see if the Richmond community was united in the wake of the massacre.
“The community has a strong foundation. A lot of people care,” he said after the vigil. “That makes me happy. I have a lot of hope.”