Husband and Wife, Two Brothers: Eleven Pittsburgh Shooting Victims Named

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The victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
The victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.Credit: AP

All 11 victims of Pittsburgh synagogue have been identified and taken to the city's medical examiner's office, officials said in a press conference Sunday. 

The synagogue shooting victims inlcluded eight men and three women and ranged in age from 54 to 97 and included brothers and a husband and wife.

Eleven people were killed after a man opened fire on a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Six others, including four police officers, were wounded before the perpetrator was arrested.

The 11 people killed in the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh included a married couple, Bernice and Sylvan Simon (84 and 86-years-old), and two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal (59 and 54-years-old).

The Allegheny County medical examiners' office released the victims' names Sunday. The dead also included Rose Mallinger, 97, Joyce Fienberg, 75, Richard Gottfried, 65, Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Daniel Stein, 71, Melvin Wax, 88 and Irving Younger, 69.

Fellow members of the New Light Congregation say Wax was a pillar of the congregation, filling many roles there. Friend Myron Snider says Wax was a retired accountant who was unfailingly generous.

Police tape is viewed around the area outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, October 28, 2018.Credit: AFP

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The perpetrator entered the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue and yelled 'All Jews must die,' according to KDKA, a local radio station.

The crime is being treated officially as a hate crime, U.S. attorney for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania said Sunday.

The shooting is estimated to have lasted about 20 minutes, Robert Jones, FBI Special Agent said. There are no indications that the perpetrator had any accomplices, Robert Jones, FBI Special Agent in Charge said at the press conference.

Officials said it was unclear why the shooter chose the Tree of Life Synagogue. Victims were found in three different areas of the synagogue. 

Twenty-nine charges were filed against the suspected gunman, including using a firearm to commit murders and murder for exercising religious beliefs, which is punishable by death. Scott W. Brady, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania announced the charges late Saturday.

A SWAT team arrives at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, October 27, 2018.Credit: Gene J. Puskar,AP

Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old white male who expressed far-right and white supremacist views on his social media accounts, was arrested over the attack and was reportedly hospitalized in fair condition with gunshot wounds. Eyewitness reports said he was heavily armed. 

Bowers will make initial appearance in front of federal judge Monday.

Two hours before the attack, an account on the social network Gab under Bowers' name posted an attack on HIAS, a Jewish-American organization that helps refugees in the U.S. and around the world.

Bowers wrote: “HIAS likes to bring invaders that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in.”

Pittsburgh's Tree of Life congregation, affiliated with the Conservative movement, is a historic one, dating back to 1864.

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