Lexington vigil honors shooting victims at Pittsburgh synagogue, Jeffersontown Kroger

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - People from all walks of life put aside their differences in a show of solidarity.

Hundreds of people gathered inside the Fayette County Public Schools Central Office Wednesday for a vigil to honor the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

"Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists - all Kentuckians grieve this terrible hate crime," said Rabbi David Wirtschafter from Temple Adath Israel.

Mayor Jim Gray, Police Chief Lawrence Weathers, Superintendent Manny Caulk, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, and Ret. Lt. Col. Amy McGrath all attended the event to show their support for the Jewish community.

During the service, people sang, prayed, and lit 13 candles: 11 for the people who were gunned down during Sabbath services at Tree of Life synagogue and two for the African Americans killed last week at a Louisville-area Kroger.

"I think it shows that from the top down, we have an insistence on decency, that we have integrity, that we have civic pride and that we have a responsibility," Wirtschafter said.

The event served as a call to action asking people to be pursuers of peace spreading love, not hate.

"It's really been moving to know that our fellow Lexingtonians care this deeply and see this as an attack not only on Jews or in a synagogue, but on a basic American promise of freedom of worship," Wirtschafter said."If you can't go to your church or your mosque or your temple without being shot, or the fear of being shot, what kind of country are we living in?"

Wirtschafter said he is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and support for the American Jewish community in this time of pain.

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