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Hogan to Speak at Interfaith Service for Pittsburgh Victims

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) is set to speak in Washington, D.C., Monday evening at an interfaith service and solidarity gathering for the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

A gunman spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric entered the synagogue during Sabbath services Saturday morning and opened fire, killing 11 people and wounding several others. It is believed to be the most deadly attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Hogan is scheduled to speak, along with Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D). The interfaith gathering will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Adas Israel Congregation in D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

Throughout the weekend, Hogan has issued statements on Twitter decrying the attack, offering prayers, and saying he had contacted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) to offer Maryland’s assistance. Another tweet featured a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love…Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”