Jan 6, 2013 11:38 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Jan. 8 victims attend interfaith service

TUCSON - Surviving victims of the January 8 mass shooting helped organize an interfaith service at Saint Augustine Cathedral Sunday.

Ken Dorushka, who survived a bullet, usually attends a Presbyterian church.

"This is a message that transcends what the individual religion is about," He said. "We all believe in a god that doesn't forsake us. We all believe in a god of love and peace, no matter what religion."

Rabbi Samuel Cohan of Temple Emanu-El said he never imagined being very involved in interfaith activities but has grown to enjoy it.

"It gives us an opportunity to try to shape the ethics of a society that sometimes doesn't know where to look," Cohan said.

Ron Barber was shot on January 8, 2011. He often thinks about his friends Gabe Zimmerman and John Roll who did not survive.

"I think about the losses that those families are still dealing with," Barber said, "the heartache that's still going on for them. At a time like this, it brings it back."

He is inspired by the different religious leaders who came together because of the shooting.

Mehrdad Rouhani spoke for the Bahai faith, which was founded in Persia in 1844.

"We believe in being able to live together," Rouhani said, "as one family of mankind."

Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa represented the Sikh religion at the service.

"We're all born into this world," Khalsa said. "We all go through challenges and that we all have families."


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