Wichita community members gather to reflect on lives lost during Pittsburgh massacre

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A room in an east Wichita synagogue was filled with people from all different faiths. Whether you're Jewish, Muslim or a Christian, you are welcome there.

“I hope they’ll be able to look at each other, that’s why our chairs are in a round, and realize they’re not alone,” Congregation Emanu-El Rabbi Michael Davis said.

A group gathered at Congregation Emanu-El to pray and reflect on the lives lost during the Pittsburgh massacre that happened during a Tree of Life celebration Saturday morning.

The event was so packed that not a single spot was left open in the parking lot and some people even had to sit in an overflow room.

Eleven candles represent those who were gunned down.

“It’s a tragedy. It’s disgusting. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual,” Davis said.

That’s why even though Wichita is over 1,000 miles away from Pittsburgh, the group wanted to let the people of Pittsburgh know they are not alone.

“I hope they’ll realize that Wichita is a place where we don’t stand for this. We can come together as separate communities to make one community,” Davis said.

The suspect in Saturday’s shooting pleaded not guilty Thursday to all 44 counts against him. The case is set for a jury trial and could result in the death penalty.

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