U-M Dearborn holds vigil for Pittsburgh, not politics

- While Pittsburgh mourns many in metro Detroit are sending love and support and pushing for peace and inclusion.

Thirteen lives senselessly lost with two shot at a Kroger in Jeffersontown Kentucky and 11 at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, students at the university of Michigan-Dearborn, organized a vigil for peace, not politics.  

"We're just trying to do our best to make sure that our campus doesn't suffer anything similar," said Jordan Wohl, president of the Jewish student union.

"We're really trying to get through this just trying to keep the politics out of it," said Sasha Freeman, a student leader. "There is so much political stuff in the world, we just want to be there for each other."

The names of the 13 men and women read one by one, followed by a moment of silence - then the symbolic lighting of the memorial candle to remember the dead.  

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"You know what I am worried about, is what's happening in this country," said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn). "People are trying to divide us with fear and hatred. I am not going to be political, I think every one of us has to look into our heart and soul and ask how we can treat people to restoring respect and civility for every person in this country."

Students did put politics aside for the day- and even religions, that sometimes don't see eye to eye, came together.  

"If other people are doing it that look exactly like me and supporting all the people who don't look exactly like them, that shows how much they care and much we should be unified in this world," said Marwa Hachem, junior at U-M Dearborn.

At U-M Dearborn there are student mentor relief as well as counseling for those students who need those services.
 

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