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Pittsburgh - Victims Of Synagogue Shooting Remembered In Pittsburgh Park

Published on: November 9, 2018 01:20 PM
Last updated on: November 10, 2018 05:43 PM
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Pittsburgh - Nearly two weeks after a gunman shot to death 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, their lives were remembered Friday with a moment of silence and rally for peace in a downtown park.

Rabbis from all three congregations whose members were meeting in the Tree of Life synagogue building at the time of the Oct. 27 shooting were among a few hundred people who attended the event at Point State Park.

“I want to thank Pittsburgh’s finest,” said Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, flanked by first responders. “If it wasn’t for Pittsburgh’s finest, I wouldn’t be standing here, addressing you today.”

Myers, who pledged Friday never again to utter the word “hate,” survived what was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, then handled funerals for his congregants.

Actor Michael Keaton, wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates ball cap, emceed the event that was described as “a gathering of compassion, unity and love.” Keaton grew up in the area.

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“This one really hurts. When it happens at a place of worship, that pain runs really, really deep,” Keaton said, calling Pittsburgh “a tough, tough city.”

Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old truck driver, is accused of the shooting rampage that also injured six. He had pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

Authorities said he raged about Jews during and after the attack.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto reminded the crowd that the rally was taking place on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nazi Germany’s systematic assault on Jews and their institutions.

Attendees listen to the national anthem during the Rally for Peace and Tree of Life Victims, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)Attendees listen to the national anthem during the Rally for Peace and Tree of Life Victims, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

The mayor also remembered the victims of recent shootings at a supermarket in Louisville, Kentucky, a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, and a bar on Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, California.

The shooting was “our moment of broken glass,” said Rev. Liddy Barlow, executive director of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania: “But this time, neighbors did not stand aside. First responders did not stand aside. Christians did not and will not stand aside.”

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks took the stage with Joanne Rogers, widow of Fred Rogers, host of the PBS children’s television series, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

“A visitor will know how great a city this is because Pittsburgh has been tested,” said Hanks, who plays Fred Rogers in an upcoming film.

He said the city has shown the rest of the nation and the world “what good comes when the people of the Allegheny and the Monongahela love their neighbors with no exception.”

Tom Murrin said he drove down to the rally from the town of Mars, in neighboring Butler County, to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community.

Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, from left, Rabbi Cheryl Klein and Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, along with other clergy including the Rev. David Carver, take the stage to address the crowd during the Rally for Peace and Tree of Life Victims, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. APRabbi Jonathan Perlman, from left, Rabbi Cheryl Klein and Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, along with other clergy including the Rev. David Carver, take the stage to address the crowd during the Rally for Peace and Tree of Life Victims, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. AP

“I think there is something to be pulled out of a tragedy. Standing against (hatred) is good to see,” he said. “I don’t think you ever recover from something like this, but maybe we can lead in that way, in trying to make a difference.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called the shooting “an attack on humanity.”

“We have a lot of work to do to combat hate, whether it’s on the Internet or in the shadows,” Wolf told the crowd. “Our diversity is our strength. Spread love, be kind, take care of each other.”

“I know how tight knit this community is,” said U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, as he was leaving the rally. “We showed the nation exactly who we are. We are going to show the country a model on how to recover.”

 



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 Nov 09, 2018 at 01:47 PM hashomer Says:

Why bother to 'remember' the victims of the Pitt Pogrom? There have already been 3 mass shootings by NRA killers since then, and the MAGA Bomber is old news, all inspired by the hate spewed by the Orange Tick.

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Please prove that the killers were NRA members.
Please show exactly how the actions of psychotic murderers are inspired by President Trump (one of them actually hated Trump).
As a psychotic Trump hater yourself, you probably think all psychos hate Trump.

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 Nov 10, 2018 at 07:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Please prove that the killers were NRA members.
Please show exactly how the actions of psychotic murderers are inspired by President Trump (one of them actually hated Trump).
As a psychotic Trump hater yourself, you probably think all psychos hate Trump.

Please don't show how ignorant you truly are !!! The Pittsburgh ,& California shotters were licensed ... They had nothing to do with the NRA ,or the President !!! Why don't you use your voice to ban all weapons completely ,instead of using these tragedies for your hate platform of the President !!!!

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