Eric Garcetti at memorial
Eric Garcetti speaks at the memorial service. Courtesy of the mayor’s office

A vigil was held at City Hall Monday evening honoring the 11 victims of the weekend shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue, the deadliest attack against the Jewish community on United States soil.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield said he organized the vigil to show solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.

“We absolutely cannot stand idly by and become desensitized to yet another shooting,” Blumenfield said. “These 11 Americans had names, stories, families, hopes and dreams. There is no place in our country for hate crimes of any kind and we must come together, unify and stand up to bigots racists and intolerance.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the victims of the shooting remind us of people in our own neighborhoods and communities.

“The answer to this horrific act is not more violence or division, but a renewed commitment to the diversity and pluralism that define America’s best traditions,” Garcetti said.

Other city leaders who attended the event were Controller Ron Galperin and Councilmen Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Curren Price, Gil Cedillo and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, as well as several faith leaders and anti-hate crime advocates.

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