The shooting deaths of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday is believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

To help you process the coverage, events and commentary after the tragedy, we have collected a range of reporting by local and national news outlets. These stories focus on the lives of the victims, the shooter, Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, responses from political leaders, the debate over who bears the blame, what you can do to help others and how you can get help yourself.

PublicSource also has a special page aggregating its coverage here.

Remembering the victims (as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Joyce Fienberg
Richard Gottfried
Rose Mallinger
Jerry Rabinowitz
Brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal
Bernice and Sylvan Simon
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger

On accused shooter Robert Bowers

How to help

  • Donate blood Friday at the William Pitt building at the University of Pittsburgh from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More upcoming blood donation events can be found here.
  • There are several online fundraisers, which PublicSource has vetted to ensure they are helping the injured, the families of the slain and the Tree of Life congregation.

Resources on safety and processing grief

What politicians are saying

Mayor Peduto spoke during the Sunday vigil calling for the eradication of hate. “We will drive anti-Semitism and the hate of any people back to the basement, on their computer and away from the open discussions and dialogues around this city, around this state and around this country,” he said.
  • President Donald Trump: “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better. This is a dispute that will always exist, I suspect. If they had some kind of protection inside the temple, maybe it could have been a very much different situation. They didn’t.”
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf: “Any attack on one community of faith in Pennsylvania is an attack against every community of faith in Pennsylvania.”
  • Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto: “We know that hatred will never win out. We will not try to figure out ways to lessen the degree of crimes such as this. We will work to eradicate it. We will work to eradicate it from our city, and our nation, and our world.”
  • Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald: “My wife, Cathy, set out shortly before 10 a.m. for her usual walk. Some days I join her, but more often than not, I am headed to events in other parts of the county. As Cathy headed up Wilkins Avenue, about 50 yards from Tree of Life, she heard the unmistakable pop pop pop of gunshots. Watching a police officer jump out of his vehicle and crouch behind it, she knew something awful was happening and turned and sprinted home.”
  • Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey: “We stand with the victims and their families in this time of tragedy. Those of us in public office have an obligation to take actions that can reduce the likelihood of mass shootings. We must come together as a nation and meet this challenge.”
  • Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey: “Synagogues and places of worship are safe havens where communities come together to celebrate, pray and reflect. The horrific events that transpired at Tree of Life Synagogue are heartbreaking. I’m monitoring the situation. My prayers are with the victims, their families, and friends.”

Powerful commentary

Hundreds of people attended a vigil organized by Taylor Allderdice High School students on Forbes and Murray Avenue Saturday night. (Photo by Healther Mull for PublicSource)

A dark week in the United States.

Is political rhetoric to blame?

The gun debate

Pittsburgh’s Jewish community

People gathered in the rain outside Soldiers and Sailors on Sunday evening before the vigil to honor Saturday's victims.
People gathered in the rain outside Soldiers and Sailors on Sunday evening before the vigil to honor Saturday’s victims. (Photo by Heather Mull/PublicSource)

An increase of anti-Semitism

TIMELINE (Based on reports from several organizations including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WESA, CNN and the New York Times.)





Oliver Morrison is PublicSource’s environment and health reporter. He can be reached at or on Twitter @ORMorrison.

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Oliver Morrison is a general assignment reporter at WESA. He previously covered education, environment and health for PublicSource in Pittsburgh and, before that, breaking news and weekend features for...