- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - About 100 people have gathered at the University of Michigan to honor those who died in a militant attack on a school in Pakistan that killed 148 people.

The Michigan Daily reports (https://bit.ly/1C2i5SH ) Wednesday night’s candlelight vigil on the Ann Arbor campus included many speakers of Pakistani heritage. The event was organized by the Michigan Pakistanis and the Muslim Students’ Association.

Some pleaded for the world not to respond to Tuesday’s massacre in Peshawar with more force and instead look for ways to stop events like these from happening again. They also expressed hope that the media doesn’t define all of Pakistan by the attack.

Participants held Pakistan flags and held signs reading, “The smallest coffins are the heaviest” and “#PrayforPeshawar.” Candles had been arranged to spell “Peshawar.”

After the vigil, organizers held a traditional funeral prayer and shared a card for attendees to sign and send to Peshawar.

Nearly all of the victims were young students. The Pakistani government and military has vowed a stepped-up campaign aimed at rooting out militant strongholds in the country’s tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan.

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