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Crowd Packs Colorado's Largest Synagogue For Shooting Vigil

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Leigh Paterson
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KUNC
A crowd fills Temple Emanuel to remember shooting victims.

Thousands of people turned out for an interfaith vigil to remember the 11 people killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

There was a strong police presence at the Temple Emanuel in Denver. Inside, it was packed with faith leaders, politicians and law enforcement.

The speakers at Sunday night's service included members of the Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish faiths as well as officials like Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Many of the speakers talked about issues from anti-Semitism to unity to accountability, and politics.  

Hancock got a standing ovation when he called for civility in politics, saying "I know as an elected official, what I say matters."

“The solidary is impressive. And it’s promising that maybe the future will hold something better,” said Mark Krivel who attended the vigil.

Candles were lit for each of those killed in Pittsburgh and a Hebrew prayer was said.

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