Mourners Remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg at NYC Vigil: 'She Was a Champion'

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – People came together in Washington Square Park on Saturday night to celebrate the life of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A candlelight vigil was held near the fountain, with many wearing white a day after Ginsburg died at the age of 87.

Becky from Greenwich Village said Ginsburg’s death was sad on a personal level but that the politics was inescapable.

“I felt like it was important to come and pay respects to a woman who had an amazing career and did so much for our country,” she said. “It’s an easy thing to stand up. And we all need to stand up more.”

Beth from the Upper West Side said Ginsburg’s fighting spirit should live on.

“We have to learn from our mistakes and keep this fragile democracy intact,” she said. “Hopefully, she will set a fire under all of us, and as we approach the home stretch of this election, we will get some change done.”

Just being with other mourners was important for Lisa from the East Side.

“I am in despair,” she said. “I needed to be around people who felt the same. I needed to be around my community.”

Jude from Chelsea said she thought she would come to the vigil to cry. Instead, she was singing, calling it "really joyful for a vigil."

She said Ginsburg’s life should serve as an inspiration for the days ahead: “She didn’t live the way that she lived for us to lose her and learn nothing from it.”

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