Victims of Pittsburgh attack named

Posted by News Express | 29 October 2018 | 949 times

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• The Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh

The names of the 11 people killed in Saturday's attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh have been released, with the oldest aged 97.

Two brothers and a husband and wife were among those killed. Six people were injured, including four policemen.

The suspect, Robert Bowers, 46, is in custody and faces 29 criminal counts in what is thought to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent US history.

Mayor Bill Peduto said this was the "darkest day of Pittsburgh's history".

President Donald Trump has called the attack a "wicked act of mass murder".

Who are the victims?

The ages of the 11 victims ranged from 54 to 97. They are:

Joyce Fienberg, 75

Richard Gottfried, 65

Rose Mallinger, 97

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

Cecil Rosenthal, 59

David Rosenthal, 54, brother of Cecil

Bernice Simon, 84

Sylvan Simon, 86, husband of Bernice

Daniel Stein, 71

Melvin Wax, 88

Irving Younger, 69

The names were read out by officials at a press briefing on Sunday morning.

Mayor Peduto said: "To the victims' families and friends - we will be here to help you through this horrific episode - the darkest day of Pittsburgh's history. We as a society are better than this, we know that hatred will never win out."

Officials gave some details about the attack, revealing that the gun suspect used three Glock 57 handguns and an AR-15 assault rifle and made statements regarding genocide and a desire to kill Jewish people.

The suspect is still in hospital, in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds, but is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 13:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on Monday.

Officials said there was nothing to indicate he had any accomplices.

One injured officer was released from hospital on Saturday, another should be released on Sunday, with the other two needing more treatment.

The remaining two injured people are members of the congregation. (BBC)

Source: News Express

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