Central Illinois Communities Gather To Mourn And Remember

 Community members read the names of those killed in the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting (photo courtesy of Cindy Le/WGLT)

Community members read the names of those killed in the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting (photo courtesy of Cindy Le/WGLT)

Each week at First Light, host Brian O’Keefe takes some time to check in with our Public Radio sister stations around the state. This week, the Bloomington Normal and Illinois State University communities gathered to mourn and rededicate themselves to good in the wake of last week’s synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh. A Jewish scholar told the crowd of more than 200 they should constantly imagine the world stands equally balanced between good and evil. Any action could be the one to tip the scale towards good. Illinois Public Radio’s Charlie Schlenker put together this audio montage from the vigil.

 More than 200 people gathered for a vigil in Bloomington-Normal to remember and mourn (photo courtesy of Cindy Le/WGLT)

More than 200 people gathered for a vigil in Bloomington-Normal to remember and mourn (photo courtesy of Cindy Le/WGLT)