CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ibtesam Barazi said that every time she phones her brothers and sisters living in Syria they say their goodbyes as if it's the last time they'll hear each other's voices.
More than 100,000 people have already been killed in the more than 2-year-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Barazi and about 50 other people joined together at the state Capitol steps Wednesday night to offer solidarity to the victims of a chemical attack near Damascus last week.
U.S. leaders, including President Obama, have said Assad's regime fired chemical weapons that -- according to the group Doctors Without Borders -- have killed 355 people. The total could grow higher as authorities continue to investigate.
Those gathered at the Capitol urged the United States to get involved in the uprising to end Assad's reign.
Obama had promised intervention if Syrian forces crossed "the red line" and used chemical weapons. Obama has not yet reached that decision, he said during an interview with PBS NewsHour Wednesday night.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Americans not to get involved until U.N. forces completed an investigation into the use of chemical weapons.
"If they want proof all they have to do is ask the revolution army," Barazi said. "They will show them the bodies."
Anti-government activists uploaded videos to the Internet purportedly showing victims of an Aug. 21 chemical attack. Scores of children and adults were shown dead or struggling for air.
Dr. Samer Nasher, of South Charleston, said his brother and three children are still in Syria and displaced by the armed conflict. He moved from Syria about 12 years ago, he said.
Nasher said Assad's philosophy is to squash opposition with cruelty. That cruelty will not end unless the United States gets involved, he said.