Oregon Hillel holds vigil for Pittsburgh victims

People of all religions and nationalities gathered at Oregon Hillel for a memorial to mourn and strengthen their community.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2018 11:13 PM
Updated: Oct. 29, 2018 11:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Several dozen people gathered at Oregon Hillel on the U of O campus to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

People of multiple religious and ethnic backgrounds came together for a time of love, support and mourning.

KEZI spoke with University of Oregon graduate student Corrie Parrish, who grew up near the Pittsburgh neighborhood where the shooting took place.

"Squirrel Hill has a special place in my heart," Parrish said. "From the city I was born in, living in the neighborhood next to it. The places I used to go eat and shop were in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and to know this violent, atrocious act that could have been totally preventable happened in my city is devastating."

Parrish said the shooting is a reflection of what's happening in the United States, and an increase in what she called "hateful rhetoric."

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