Roughly 200 people came together outside of Ohio University’s Hillel to remember the 11 men and women who were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday.
The gathering included OU students, faculty, staff and members of the Athens community.
Jordyn Zimmerman, a junior at OU, thought of the idea to hold the vigil.
Zimmerman said she had previously attended services at the Tree of Life, where she met David and Cecil Rosenthal, two of those killed.
“I met them during my cousin’s Bat Mitzvah and I’ve seen Cecil walking around Squirrel Hill on numerous occasions since,” she said. “They were both kind and welcoming to everyone and didn’t let anyone’s differences get in the way of how they treated the person.”
Monday’s vigil included song, prayer and reflection on the tragedy, in Pittsburgh.
“Talking about this situation and the reality of anti-semitism is important,” Zimmerman said. “As a Jewish student in Athens, it’s so important that we speak out against any hate in the world.”
Another vigil is planned for Tuesday, hosted by The Ohio State University’s Hillel.
It is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.