Sharing Yigal's Spirit

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Omri Yigal lost his wife Dolores in the massacre.

He describes her as a woman of valor, who had a zest for life.

On April 3rd, 2009, Omri Yigal kissed his wife as she left for the American Civic Association.

"Took off maybe 8:30, rushing to get a good seat in class," he said.

English classes at the ACA were helping Dolores achieve her American Dream.

She had been living in the states for only 10 months.

When a lone gunman opened fire inside her classroom.

Dolores was one of the 13 people killed.

"I don't blame Mr. Jiverly Wong. He is the shooter, and he committed the crime. He's also a coward because he took his own life. Death has come and each of us individually have the challenge, the incredible challenge of moving on with life. I think the single thing that has helped me the most is my love for Dolores," said Omri.

Faith has also helped Omri cope with that challenge.

Now one year later, this husband is on a mission to keep his wife's spirit alive.

"Dolores was such a woman of valor. Dolores was such a gift to the world, not just to me. If I don't lift her up if I don't share the story of Dolores Yigal, if I don't show the world what kind of woman she was, if I don't do that, then I think sadly Binghamton will just close the chapter on Dolores Yigal," said Omri.

A chapter Omri will not close, in a story he says he won't stop telling.

In Binghamton, Caitlin Nuclo, WBNG-TV Action News.

Omri is also transforming the house they shared, into a museum in his wife's honor.

Each room in the home will represent a role she played in life, as a wife, sister, and aunt.

Another exhibit will focus on religion.

Dolores, was raised catholic and converted to judaism to marry Omri.

He says that shows her commitment to him and this museum, in part, will continue his commitment to her.

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