Crowdfunding campaign and vigil supports victims of San Diego shul attack

Crowdfunding campaign and vigil supports victims of San Diego shul attack

More than £67,000 raised following attack in which one congregant of the California community was killed

Screenshot from fundraising page
Screenshot from fundraising page

A crowdfunding campaign established to help the victims of an attack on a Chabad synagogue near San Diego, California, has raised more than £67,000 ($87,000) in its first 10 hours.

More than 900 people have donated the funds toward a goal of £91,000 ($118,000) on GoFundMe.

The donations will “be used to pay for any necessary medical operations for the victims, funeral services, synagogue reparations or anything else the synagogue would need assistance with,” wrote the person who set up the page, Cam N, who identified himself or herself.

“I do not worship at the Chabad of Poway, but I belong to another house of worship and seeing a place of prayer attacked horrified me and motivated me to start this campaign,” Cam N wrote.

Meanwhile, about 900 people from several faiths — among them Jews, Christians and Muslims – gathered at the nearby Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening for an interfaith vigil in response to the shooting.

At the end of the brief service inside, the crowd moved to the church’s courtyard for a candlelight vigil, where they sang “This Little Light of Mine” and the civil rights-era song “We shall Overcome,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Many in the crowd cried quietly.

Others gathered at sunset, the end of the Passover holiday, outside the synagogue with flowers, candles and notes to express their shock and grief, according to the report.

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