This Shabbat, We Remember Those Lives Lost to Gun Violence

February 23, 2018Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

This Shabbat, we honor lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and say Mourner's Kaddish for the following individuals, as well as all those killed by gun violence thus far in 2018: 

  • Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, URJ Camp Coleman camper and soccer player with Parkland Travel Soccer
  • Scott Beigel, 35, Geography teacher and staff member at Camp Starlight, a predominantly Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania
  • Martin Duque Anguiano, 14, U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps member
  • Nicholas Dworet, 17, incoming freshman at the University of Indianapolis and would have been on their swim team
  • Aaron Feis, 37, assistant football coach
  • Jaime Guttenberg, 14, dancer and volunteer at the Friendship Initiative, where she worked with special needs kids
  • Chris Hixon, 49, athletic director and wrestling coach
  • Luke Hoyer, 15, basketball player and fan
  • Cara Loughran, 14, dancer at the Drake School of Irish Dance
  • Gina Montalto, 14, member of the winter guard in the marching band and a gifted artist
  • Joaquin Oliver, 17, passionate about football, basketball, the Venezuelan national soccer team, urban graffiti and hip-hop
  • Alaina Petty, 14, volunteer with the Helping Hands program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps member
  • Meadow Pollack, 18, incoming freshman at Lynn University
  • Helena Ramsay, 17, music fan and incoming college freshman
  • Alex Schachter, 14, baritone and trombone player in the marching band and orchestra
  • Carmen Schentrup, 16, National Merit Scholar semifinalist
  • Peter Wang, 15, U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps member

Fatal Mass Shooting in 2018

  • February 17, in Kansas City, KS: 1 killed, 7 injured
  • February 16, in Oklahoma City, OK: 1 killed, 3 injured
  • February 14, in Parkland, Florida, 17 killed, 15 injured
  • February 13, in New Orleans, LA: 2 killed, 3 injured
  • February 11, in Detroit, MI: 4 killed, 3 injured
  • February 10, in Paintsville, KY: 5 killed
  • February 7, in Lantana, FL: 3 killed, 3 injured
  • February 5, in Colorado Springs, CO: 2 killed, 4 injured
  • February 3, in Garfield Heights, OH: 1 killed, 5 injured
  • January 28, in Melcroft, PA: 5 killed
  • January 28, in Reading, PA: 4 killed
  • January 28, in Indianapolis, IN: 2 killed, 3 injured
  • January 23, in Benton, KY: 2 killed, 14 injured
  • January 17, in Washington, DC: 1 killed, 3 injured
  • January 16, in York, SC: 1 killed, 4 injured
  • January 14, in Eutaw, AL: 1 killed, 4 injured
  • January 12, in Nashville, TN: 3 killed, 2 injured
  • January 11, in St. Robert, MO: 2 killed, 2 injured
  • January 7, in Union Springs, AL: 1 killed, 5 injured
  • January 4, in Brinkley, AR: 1 killed, 3 injured
  • January 1, in Huntsville, IN: 1 killed, 3 injured

May we see an end to gun violence swiftly and in our time. Amen.

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