Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Married couple, brothers among 11 people killed in anti-Semitic attack
Karl Williams, chief medical examiner for Allegheny County, has identified the names, ages and locations of the 11 killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
The name of the 11 victims shot dead inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg on Saturday has been revealed by the police. Robert Bowers, who went on a “hate-filled killing spree” at the synagogue, had also injured six people, three of whom were police officers.
As per CBS Pittsburgh, Karl Williams, chief medical examiner for Allegheny County identified the names, ages and locations of the 11 killed as below:
Joyce Fienburg, 75-year-old, of Oakland
Richard Gottfried, 65-years-old, of Ross Township
Rose Mallinger, 97-years-old, of Squirrel Hill
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66-years-old, of Edgewood
Cecil Rosenthal, 59-years-old, of Squirrel Hill
David Rosenthal, 54-years0old, of Squirrel Hill
Bernice Simon, 84-years-old, of Wilkinsburg
Sylvan Simon, 86-years-old, of Wilkinsburg
Daniel Stein, 71-years-old, of Squirrel Hill
Melvin Wax, 88-years-old, of Squirrel Hill
Irving Younger, 69-years-old, of Mt. Washington
The list included a married couple, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, and two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal. Daniel Stein, 71, had gone to the synagogue alone. His friends described him as a family man and a new grandfather.
Bowers, described as a white male, heavy set, with a beard, had surrendered after the massacre which left him crawling and injured. KDKA cited police sources as saying the gunman walked into the building and yelled, “All Jews Must die," before going on a rampage. According to CNN, Bowers had an extensive anti-Semitic digital footprint, especially in the social media platform called Gab, which allegedly is a popular platform among alt-right individuals. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, Gab has no guidelines when it comes to racist and bigoted posts.
He was allegedly triggered by the fact that a Jewish refugee resettlement agency called HIAS was welcoming refugees and giving them asylum. Among other things, he claimed that the agency was bringing Jews in and that his "people are being slaughtered."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a statement regarding the incident, calling it a hate crime and assuring that hate crime and other criminal charges will be filed against the shooter and that he could receive up to a death penalty.
The condemning statement read, “Hatred and violence on the basis of religion can have no place in our society. Every American has the right to attend their house of worship in safety. Today 11 innocent people were suddenly and viciously murdered during religious services and several law enforcement officers were shot. These alleged crimes are reprehensible and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation. Accordingly, the Department of Justice will file hate crimes and other criminal charges against the defendant, including charges that could lead to the death penalty."
US Attorney Scott Brady further explained why the shooting is being treated as a hate crime and not as domestic terrorism: "The distinction between a hate crime and domestic terrorism is a hate crime is where an individual is animated by a hatred or certain animus toward a person of a certain ethnicity or religious faith. It becomes domestic terrorism where there's an ideology that that person is then also trying to propagate through violence. We continue to see where that line is. But for now, at this place in our investigation, we're treating it as a hate crime and charging it as such."