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Henrico service honors Pittsburgh synagogue victims: Light is only way to combat darkness

Posted at 11:58 PM, Oct 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 08:10:57-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Sunday night vigil and memorial service mourned the 11 people killed in a shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s historic Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The Saturday morning attack, which the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history,  happened during a Shabbat service.

"It's not easy being a Jew. It's not easy being a minority anywhere,” Capt. Alex Keysch said during a service at Chabad of Virginia.

In the aftermath of the deadly synagogue shooting, the memorial service at the Chabad Of Virginia was a chance to seek peace and understanding and send a message of hope.

Rabbi Yossel Kranz said the most important lesson to remember is that "the only way to combat darkness is with light."

"We can be kind, we can be nice, we can have respect for one another and we can teach our children to have respect for one another," Kranz said.

Randi Taggart, who attended the vigil, said it was important to support each other to begin the healing process.

While Kranz said that it won't be as easy road, it is the path their community must take.

"We need more acts of kindness, we need for friendships," Kranz said "We need more good deeds -- just do more."

"Be the best person you can be every day you possibly can,” Keysch said. “We move on and grow from this, stronger not meaner, but more loving and caring."