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Stow residents respond to antisemitism with vigil against hate

Residents held candles as they gathered outside of the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Unitarian Universalist, on Tuesday night for a vigil against hate that was organized in response to an incident of antisemitic vandalism that remains under investigation by Stow Police.Town of Stow

Stow community members recently took part in a vigil against hate held in response to an incident of antisemitic vandalism.

Town officials and residents held candles at the Nov. 8 vigil on the town common. The Nashoba Area Social Justice Alliance and the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Unitarian Universalist organized the event following the Nov. 5 vandalism incident in which police said tires on two cars were slashed and an antisemitic slur was carved into the sides of one of the cars in front of a home on North Shore Drive. Fresh burn marks also were discovered on several parts of the home’s exterior, according to police, who are investigating.

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The Rev. Cynthia Landrum, pastor of First Parish, offered a prayer for peace, acceptance, love, and an end to hate and violence. “Terrorism against one family in Stow terrorizes more than just one family — it terrorizes a community,” she said. “We are here to say this is not what this community stands for.”

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.