Fairmont State University students, faculty and staff gathered together Thursday afternoon to pay their respects for Pittsburgh after the October 27th mass shooting at the “Tree of Life” Jewish synagogue claimed 11 lives.
Students prayed, sang songs and spoke on ways to end hate and provide a better environment for people of all backgrounds to grow together without fear.
“We are not separated by anything other than what’s in our minds so we need to go forward, changing the course of history and same to the world loudly we will not stand for hatred we are one world and we choose to coexist” said Dr. Mirta Martin, president of Fairmont State University.
Federal officials charged shooting suspect Robert D. Bowers, with 29 criminal counts, which included ‘obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs’, ‘hate crime’ and ‘using a firearm to commit murder’.
Bowers also faces state charges, including 11 counts of ‘criminal homicide’, six counts of ‘aggravated assault’ and 13 counts of ‘ethnic intimidation’.