Logan CrawfordAug 17, 2017, 9:44 pmAug 18, 2017, 5:55 am

Rockville Centre vigil condemns racism, violence during deadly Charlottesville rally

People shared pain,said prayers in response to mounting racial tension

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Dozens of people gathered at the front steps of the Central Synagogue of Nassau County in Rockville Centre to call for peace after this past weekend's violent actions in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I'm showing my support for Charlottesville and I'm showing my support for the decent people of this county," said Daryl Aldman of Lynbrook.

Vigil attendees say by gathering together they're taking a stand against racism and calling for unity.

"We can speak up and make this country a better country. It all starts on the local level," East Rockaway resident Leslie Dreifus said.

Members of multiple religions, community organizations, and local leaders hosted the event.

"We stand united with people from all sorts of different backgrounds and we're happy to do that," said Emma Travers of Raising Voices USA.

Many Long Islanders who came to the vigil say they're concerned about acts of hatred and violence at home but they say Thursday night's vigil shows that we are a community based on love.

"Tonight, we were Republicans and Democrats. We were Christian, we were Jewish, we were black we were white. But most importantly, we were Americans living here on Long Island, saying we want a tolerant and inclusive society," Senator Todd Kaminsky said.

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