Pennsylvania Community Comes Together with All Faiths

The capacity at 2,300 people was reached early for the interfaith vigil for 11 who were killed in Saturday’s synagogue shootings. About 1,000 people stood in the rain and listened on loudspeakers, Oct. 28, 2018.

PITTSBURGH — Sixteen. That’s the number Jan Sciulli remembers. It was the worst 16 minutes of her life.

Her husband was attending the 10 am Saturday Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

It was nearly the same time that police say a 46-year-old man carried three handguns and an assault weapon into the synagogue and began firing, killing 11.

Sciulli tried her husband’s cellphone and he didn’t answer. She never heard from her husband for 16 minutes. “It was a sick feeling,” she recalls.

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