WVII covers vigil for victims of Tree of Life synagogue shooting

WVII (Channel 7) covered a candlelight vigil at the University of Maine for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. The vigil was held on the steps of Fogler Library at noon Oct. 29. Students, faculty and staff gathered in memory of the 11 people who died in the shooting on Oct. 27. The victims’ names were read aloud, and UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana, and others spoke or read poetry, WVII reported. “It was about supporting the Jewish faculty, the Jewish students, the Jewish staff and to make a statement that the University of Maine is a place of safety and a place that supports everyone,” said Amy Fried, chair of the Political Science Department at UMaine. The vigil was organized by the Office of Multicultural Student Life, according to WVII.