Students gather for vigil on Oct. 30th on the University Center Patio. Photo courtesy of University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Students, faculty and community members gathered on the University Center Patio last Tuesday for a vigil to honor the lives of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue and Kentucky shootings which took place last week.

The names of the 13 victims were read one by one, followed by a moment of silence. After the moment of silence, candles were lit to commemorate the victims.

The vigil was one part of the University of Michigan community’s response to the deadly shootings. The Sunday following the attack, the University put out statements from President Mark Schlissel and UM-Dearborn Chancellor Domenico Grasso condemning the attacks. The Ann Arbor chapter of Hillel also held a vigil on the Diag for the victims.

The UM-Dearborn vigil featured speakers such as Chancellor Grasso, and president of the Jewish Student Organization, Jordan Wohl.

“It is essential that we stand together against hate, and we unite in assisting and supporting those who are grieving in our community,” said Chancellor Grasso. “Compassion and respect for others are foundational values of our university and they will not be compromised.”

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell. Photo courtesy of University of Michigan-Dearborn

Also present was U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, whose seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is up for election this Tuesday. Despite the looming election, Dingell decided to keep politics out of it.

“You know what I am worried about, is what’s happening in this country,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell in comments to Fox2Detroit. “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.”