Thousands of people gathered for vigils this weekend to mourn the loss of life in the attack against the Tree of Life synagogue, believed to be the deadliest attack against Jews in U.S. history. A shooter identified as Robert Bowers, 46, killed 11 people, and injured six others, four of whom were police officers. Bowers entered the synagogue during the Shabbat services around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.
The medical examiner’s office of Allegheny County on Sunday released the names of the victims gunned down during the attack: Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland; Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township; Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough; Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill, and David Rosenthal, 54, of Squirrel Hill (Cecil and David were brothers); Bernice Simon, 84, and Sylvan Simon, 86, of Wilkinsburg (Bernice and Sylvan were husband and wife); Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill; Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill; Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington.
Bowers was charged with 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation. Federal prosecutors filed 29 counts against Bowers, according to Associated Press.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto during a press conference on Sunday thanked law enforcement officials, paramedics from Pittsburgh and from the region who came to help. “We will get through this darkest hour in Pittsburgh’s history by working together,” he said.
On Saturday night, Allderdice High School students organized a vigil in Squirrel Hill. On Sunday night, more than 2,000 people gathered for the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum vigil.
Leaders of the Muslim and Christian communities of Pittsburgh spoke at the vigil. Wasi Mohamed, executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, said Muslims raised more than $70,000 for the Jewish community in two days.
Below are images from Sunday’s vigil at Soldiers and Sailors.
(Photos by Daniel Barnhill and Heather Mull/PublicSource)
Scenes near the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Sunday afternoon.
(Photos by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)
Here are some of the moments photographer Heather Mull captured during the vigil on Saturday night.
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