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Locals Hold Prayer Vigil For Victims Of Pittsburgh Shootings

Hundreds of people attended a prayer vigil at the Jewish Community Center of Columbus Sunday night to mourn the 11 victims of a gunman at a Pittsburgh synagogue.  

The hour-long ceremony that included the Jewish prayer for the departed drew people of many faiths.  Columbus mayor Andy Ginther, other elected officials and notables also attended because, as billionaire Les Wexner noted, the tragedy could have happened anywhere.

Many of Columbus' synagogues say they have increased security in recent years, and many more will be reviewing procedures in the light of Saturday's shootings.  Ohio Governor John Kasich has ordered flags flown at half-staff at state buildings.  A second vigil will be held this evening at the corner of East Main Street and Cassady Avenue in Bexley, sponsored by the Central Ohio Jewish Voice for Peace.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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