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05/02/2011 12:59 pm ET Updated Jul 02, 2011

Hundreds Mourn the Death of Hope Reichbach

From the hundreds of bodies that packed into Mount Sinai Synagogue in Brooklyn Heights, it was apparent Hope Reichbach -- who passed away on Thursday at only 22 -- had touched many lives.

The synagogue was overflowing with mourners, some wearing sunglasses to hide tears, others exchanging warm embraces and condolences. It was a who's who of New York City politics inside the synagogue, with everyone from Borough President Marty Markowitz to Council Speaker Christine Quinn in attendance. In a room of nearly a thousand people, it was clear, as one college friend said, that Reichbach was a "unifying force."

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