Vigil held in Reno for Pittsburgh massacre victims

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Hundreds of people from all faiths and walks of life gathered at Temple Emanu-El in Reno Tuesday night to honor and remember the 11 people killed at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh October 27.

Rabbi Mark Fasman says he was shocked when he heard what happened.

"My first response was shock and silence, and eventually it became sadness and anger," he says.

Those present mourned the victims, but Fasman says everyone must stand up to the hate.

"I want the message to go loud and clear to those who hate," he says. "It's not just the people they hate who resist, but the entire community who resists that kind of language against the Jewish community or any community."

Board member Donne Levy says it's heartening to see the community come together and stand up to Anti-Semitic rhetoric.

"What happened represents a tiny percentage of the human race in America and what we have to do is start talking to those people who are over the edge and tell them you can disagree with someone without hating them," Levy says.

The temple was recently a target of Anti-Semitic flyers, but Fasman says his congregation will carry on and will continue to keep its doors open.