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Brighton Journal | September 16, 2019

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Vigil held to stand in ‘solidarity’ for victims of Pittsburgh attack in Hove

Vigil held to stand in ‘solidarity’ for victims of Pittsburgh attack in Hove
Hannah Midgley

A vigil was held last night outside Hove Town Hall to show respect for all those affected by the Pittsburgh attack causing to 11 fatalities.

 

A six o’clock yesterday evening, it was reported over 70 people attended the vigil to stand in solidarity for those who lost their lives in the tragic shooting.

 

The vigil was organised by the Sussex Jewish Representative Council and supported by the city’s One Voice Partnership.

 

A spokesperson from Brighton and Hove One Voice Partnership said: “We send our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have lost lives, those who have been injured, and all affected communities.

 

“We do not tolerate violence against innocent people, wherever it takes place.”

 

Eleven people aged between  54 and 97 were killed at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday during a baby naming ceremony, and a further six people were injured including four policemen.

 

One Voice also said: “It’s now even more important for all our communities to demonstrate that we will not let any terrorist action divide us and continue our great tradition of unity and respect for all.”

 

The suspect, who was not a known threat to authorities prior to the attack, surrendered after failing to escape the synagogue and remains in police custody, facing a possible 29 criminal charges.

 

Community groups from around Brighton and Hove spread awareness on social media to invite residents to attend and stand firmly against acts of violence, anti-Semitism, racism, and hate.

 

One Voice is urging everyone to be vigilant and is encouraging residents to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities.

 

For more information or to report a hate incident, please visit Safe in the City’s website.

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