Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students to hold Candlelight Vigil Nov. 19 to remember victims of terrorist attacks

HOUGHTON -- A student-organized candlelight vigil will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 19, in front of the J.R. Van Pelt and Opie Library near the bronze husky statue on the Michigan Tech campus to pay tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks against Paris, Beirut and Russia. The vigil will also remember those killed by extremists in April at Garissa University College in Kenya.

The public is invited to support the Michigan Tech community as they stand united with the world in mourning the innocent lives lost to senseless violence.

On October 31, Kolavia flight 7K9268 went down in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board. Investigations are ongoing; however the most recent U.S. intelligence reports suggest that a bomb planted by terrorists caused the crash. Last Thursday, at least 41 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in two suicide bombings in the Lebanese capitol of Beirut. Last Friday, a series of coordinated bombings and shootings in Paris ended the lives of 129 people and left 352 wounded, 99 of whom are currently in critical condition. In April of this year, 147 people were massacred at Garissa University College in Kenya by the Somalia-base Al-Shabaab militant group.

Please consider attending tomorrow's vigil to remember those lost and to stand in solidarity with the world against terrorism and senseless violence. A moment of silence will be honored at that time.

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