A synagogue just outside of San Diego was attacked yesterday. Lori Gilbert-Kaye, aged 60, died in the attack. Three others were wounded including rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.
A 19 year old has been arrested for the shooting. He’s also being investigated for possibly setting a mosque on fire in the neighboring community. The suspect did not have a criminal record or any known ties to white supremacist groups. During the shooting, an off-duty border patrol agent returned fire. The suspect fled and was eventually pulled over and arrested without incident.
Another tragedy and senseless act of hatred and violence.
In the last month and a half, a mosque in New Zealand, churches in Sri Lanka, and a synagogue in California have all been attacked. This event also came six months to the day after the Tree of Life synagogue was attacked in Pittsburgh. That shooting left 11 dead.
There has been an increase in hate crimes against Jewish people.
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Josh Benner has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has served churches in Minnesota and Illinois. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He lives with his wife Kari in St. Louis.