Thousands of people jammed an intersection amid a light rain for a vigil Saturday evening for the victims of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue earlier in the day. The gathering included prayers and singing in memory of those killed and wounded.
A “vote, vote, vote” chant broke out during the emotional gathering where some derided the nation’s political climate.
Several attendees blamed the shooting on the nation’s political climate and said they took little solace in a planned visit by President Donald Trump.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf attended the vigil, suspending a campaign bus trip after learning of the attack.
State Rep. Dan Frankel, who represents the district that includes the synagogue, was speaking at a house party about a block away when the shooting occurred. The Democrat said other attendees heard the gunfire.
“We’ll be dealing with this for months and years,” Frankel said. “It leaves an indelible mark.”
Frankel called the area the heart of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, estimating about 20 synagogues are located with a couple miles of the vigil site.