Cathy Welsh, 44, of Turtle Creek, lost her son to gun violence in November 2018. The mural (left) in the Greater Valley Community Services in Braddock depicts teenagers and young adults from Woodland Hills who have also died due to gun violence since 2005. (Photo by Kat Procyk/PublicSource

Tree of Life trauma victims may find allies in neighborhoods experiencing chronic gun violence

Experts in trauma care differentiate between sudden violent events, such as the Tree of Life shooting, and chronic forms of violence, such as war zones or ongoing gun violence within neighborhoods. In Pittsburgh, chronic gun violence occurs in some neighborhoods, but not others, and that trauma is disproportionately carried by the city's black communities.

Investigators work on Wilkins Avenue in Squirrel Hill near the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 28. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Two Pittsburgh-area mass shooters attended the same high school. Experts say it’s a coincidence, but other commonalities aren’t.

Both Robert Bowers, who killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, and George Sodini, who killed three women and himself at the Collier Township LA Fitness in 2009, attended Baldwin High School. People who study mass shooters say their shared school is a likely coincidence — the men were 10 years apart — but there are other more meaningful markers they share.

(From left to right) Avi Baran Munro, 61, her father, Moshe Baran, 97, and family friend, Adrienne Wehr, 57, sit in Moshe’s living room to video-conference with younger family members about the shooting at the Tree of Life synangogue. (Photo by Kat Procyk/PublicSource)

From Holocaust survivor to Jewish millennials, three generations of a Squirrel Hill family reflect on the Tree of Life shooting

Avi Baran Munro has lived nearly half her life in Squirrel Hill. Along with her husband, Paul, she’s raised four children there, just blocks away from the Tree of Life synagogue. Her parents, Holocaust survivors, followed the family to Pittsburgh to stay close.

The Oct. 27 massacre at the synagogue was a blow to the entire family.