A man suspected of bursting into a Pittsburgh synagogue during a baby-naming ceremony and gunning down 11 people has been charged with murder, in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in recent U.S. history.
Dr. Karl Williams, chief medical examiner for Allegheny County, said three rabbis have worked with his staff to ensure that the bodies are handled properly, but he could not say if the examinations would be completed so they could be released for timely burial required by Jewish custom.
Among those killed were: David Rosenthal, 54; his brother Cecil Rosenthal, 59; Sylvan Simon, 86, and his wife Bernice Simon, 84; Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; and Irving Younger, 69. The oldest victim was Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill. He has been hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds but will appear before a federal judge on Monday.
Peduto shared this opinion Sunday morning at a press conference about the anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in the historic Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.
Victims taken to area hospitals included a 61-year-old woman, a 70-year-old man, and a 55-year-old officer.
'These three men, they can not be replaced, ' said Perlman, his voice breaking. State authorities have also leveled charges.
"I think the approach that we need to be looking at is how we take the guns - which is the common denominator of every mass shooting in America - out of the hands of those who are looking to express hatred through murder", he said.
Steinmeier wrote that "this abhorrent crime reminds us all to do what is in our power to advocate against hatred and violence, against anti-Semitism and exclusion, and to counter with determination those who incite them".
Two hours before a gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue and opened fire during a Shabbat religious service, Bowers posted on chat site Gab.com about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a non-profit that helps Jewish refugees relocate to the United States.
Officials say a gunman who expressed hatred of Jews was armed with a rifle and three handguns when he walked inside the Tree of Life synagogue during Sabbath services Saturday morning and opened fire, killing 11 people and wounding six in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in USA history.
"If there is one person responsible, this individual, I won't even call him a man, he was (the) poorest excuse for a man you could ever come up with, who would use a weapon in a house of worship on unarmed innocent people", Mattis told a group of reporters traveling with him to Prague. Four officers were also injured.
The Department of Justice charged the suspect with 11 counts of criminal homicide, and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.
The police affidavit says calls began coming in to 911 just before 10 a.m. Saturday, reporting "they were being attacked".
Her mother lives close to the synagogue but fortunately was not in the immediate vicinity at the time of the attack.
Pittsburgh has been rocked after Saturday's shooting at a synagogue killed 11 people, including a 97-year-old, two bothers and a couple in their 80s.