Jewish community hosts vigil for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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Jewish community hosts vigil for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Each of victims was middle-aged or older.

Myers, who was leading services at Tree of Life minutes before the shooter entered, said there were 12 people in his sanctuary when the mass murder started.

Authorities said they found victims at three locations inside the synagogue, located in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. We pray for strength and healing for the congregation and Jewish communities nationwide.

The efforts on part of other faith groups in Pittsburgh were highlighted during the event.

These two brothers were very involved in the local Jewish community.

"This is an bad, awful period for our Jewish community and especially for the families that have been affected, and it's real once you hear the names", said Jeff Finkelstein, president and CEO of Pittsburgh's Jewish federation, at the press conference Sunday. 'Under these circumstances, we determined it was not appropriate to continue with our annual Halloween theme on Tuesday, so those activities have been canceled. We will not try to figure out ways in order to lessen the degree of crimes such as this. "We've been in practice together for 30 years and friends longer than that", Ciesielka said.

President Donald Trump ordered flags in all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff in "solemn respect" until Wednesday for the shooting victims.

Mr. Peduto, a Democrat, rejected that approach, saying policymakers should focus on the weapons used instead of piecemeal measures to minimize the damage.

The 11 people killed in the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh included a married couple, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, and two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal.

PayPal banned social network on Saturday, following reports that the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting had published a number of anti-Semitic posts on the site, which is popular with conservatives and the white nationalist "alt-right".

German leaders are mourning the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and stressing the need to push back against anti-Semitism.

"This horrific attack is yet another example of the danger of anti-Semitism. We'll get through this darkest day of Pittsburgh's history by working together". We will defeat hate with love.

Federal prosecutors charged Bowers late on Saturday with 29 criminal counts including violating US civil rights laws.

Bowers has been arrested and is being treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital. Bowers has been taken into custody and charged with 29 counts related to federal hate crime laws, including 11 counts of obstruction of religious beliefs resulting in death.

"Each of these counts is punishable by death", said Scott Brady, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

A Pittsburgh police officer says in the warrant that Bowers was being treated for his injuries when he said Jews were "committing genocide to his people".

Multiple officers were harmed during the encounter.

Vigils were planned in Pittsburgh, Washington and elsewhere, while the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns observed a moment of silence at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Robert Jones, FBI special agent in charge, said authorities conducted a search of Mr. Bowers' home in Baldwin, Pennsylvania, and his vehicle. They also consulted with rabbis to identify the bodies, which remained in the building until the next morning.

A social media post by Bowers on the morning of October 27 said a Jewish refugee organization, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, "likes to bring invaders in that kill our people". I shouldn't have to include in my daily morning prayers that God should watch over my wife and daughter, both teachers, and keep them safe.

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