Vigil for Pittsburgh mass shooting victims draws hundreds to Metairie synagogue

Inside a Metairie synagogue, a woman stretched her arm across the pew behind her to hold her friend’s hand. Behind her, a teary-eyed woman and a young girl sang a prayer of peace and healing, as the sound of a clarinet blended with guitar filled the standing-room-only community vigil Sunday (Oct. 28) evening.

Approximately 500 people filled the sanctuary of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation for a vigil to honor the 11 killed and six wounded in a mass shooting on Saturday at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in U.S. history.

'She was always putting family first' says cousin of woman killed in double homicide

After her uncle died in 2014, Darnisha DeSilva became the glue for her family, knowing that her uncle would want the family to stay close. 

"She was always putting family first," Ashley DeSilva said of her 22-year-old cousin, Darnisha DeSilva who was fatally shot Tuesday (Oct. 9) inside her Little Woods house along with her 23-year-old fiance.

"It's a hard pill to swallow," Ashley DeSilva said of the double homicide that left her cousin's three young children without parents.