Pittsburgh Steelers hold moment of silence for synagogue shooting victims

Howard TerryOct 31, 2018

The Pittsburgh synagogue gunman spoke of "genocide and his desire to kill Jewish people" during his attack, authorities said Sunday, as they identified his 11 victims and worked to console the living.

'They wanted to give back to people and be kind, ' Stepaniak said, adding that the Simons always tried to help out in their small neighborhood and in the Jewish community. Federal prosecutors charged Bowers with 29 counts of hate crime and firearm offenses Saturday.

The original Halloween event was scheduled for Tuesday, but after Saturday's ruthless attack on the Jewish synagogue, the team has chose to organize to help the families of this great crime, KDKA reported. He will appear before a judge on October 29, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said at a news conference.

Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said yesterday that members of his anti-bigotry group were "shocked" by the Pittsburgh shooting, but "unfortunately, in some ways, we weren't surprised".

The FBI said Bowers was not previously known to law enforcement before he drove to the synagogue on Saturday morning, as three different congregations celebrated the Jewish Sabbath inside.

Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement before the game that the team was offering its support and condolences to families of victims.

Suspect Robert Bowers, of suburban Baldwin, sustained multiple-shot injuries and was listed in fair condition at Allegheny General Hospital. "Screw your optics, I'm going in", he wrote.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, a strip club DJ and part-time pizza delivery man whose van was pasted with pro-Trump images and slogans disparaging the political left, was arrested in the pipe bomb case on Friday and faced his first court appearance on Monday in Florida. Authorities said it appears he acted alone. On top of Bowers's page, one quote said, "jews are the children of satan", according to screenshots of the now-suspended account released by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist views. Three people were killed.

A 97-year-old woman, an octogenarian couple, two brothers.

BILL PEDUTO: We know that hatred will never win out, that those that try to divide us because of the way that we pray or where our families are from around the world will lose. Fellow members of the congregation, which rented space in the lower level of the Tree of Life Synagogue, says Wax was a kind man and a pillar of the congregation, filling just about every role except cantor.

I'm at the scene of what's thought to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent USA history.

"It seems like when we become very comfortable, something else pops up", Rabbi Craig Lewis said.

"They should pay the ultimate price", he said.

The shooting followed attacks on places of worship in recent years.

President Donald Trump, speaking at a campaign rally in IL late Saturday, solemnly denounced the attack, saying: "The scourge of anti-Semitism can not be ignored, can not be tolerated and can not be allowed to continue".

"They are there for us whenever we need them", Malkin said.

"This evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity", he tweeted.

Several of the charges can be punishable by the death penalty. On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the suspect "a coward who hated President Trump because (he) is such an unapologetic defender of the Jewish community and state of Israel".

"We will spare no effort or resource in ensuring that the defendant is held fully accountable for his unspeakable and hateful crimes", Brady told reporters. "It's really hard to hate the person that you know and so if we all look at the person sitting next to us on the bus or the person that we don't really know in our company or our school, my guess is that the world will start to be a little bit better".

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