A vigil in Indiana for Pittsburgh

Indiana County Courthouse, Oct. 28, 2018. Photos by Anthony Frazier. Click to enlarge.

INDIANA — On Sunday morning, the word spread on social media: “Vigil for the tragedy in Pittsburgh at 7 pm on the Courthouse steps. Spread the word.”

The call echoed in communities around the country.

In Indiana, Pa., hundreds heeded it. In a cold rain, they lit and re-lit candles, sang hymns and recited prayers led by attorney Jay Rubin, other members of Beth Israel Synagogue, members of other local faith communities and neighbors drawn to a show of solidarity against hate.


One link between Indiana and Pittsburgh is Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s perennial hosting of Holocaust survivor Moshe Baran, author of an anti-hate blog Language Can Kill: Messages of Genocide, sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

Last night in Indiana, Christ Episcopal Church minister William Geiger opened the 20-minute event, connected the communities’ links and closed with thanks for all who attended.

Photos by Anthony Frazier. Story by David Loomis.

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