Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre – 11 victims named: Worshiper aged 97, two brothers, husband and wife
Authorities have released the names of the 11 Jewish worshipers murdered by a Jew-hater terrorist who opened fire on a packed Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.
- Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, City of Pittsburgh
- Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township
- Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
- Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough
- Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill
- David Rosenthal, 54, of Squirrel Hill (brother of David)
- Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg
- Sylvan Simon, 86, of Wilkinsburg (Bernice and Sylvan are husband and wife)
- Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
- Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
- Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington, City of Pittsburgh
David and Cecil Rosenthal were brothers and Sylvan and Bernice Simon were husband and wife. Stein had recently become a grandfather.
Fellow members of the New Light Congregation say Wax was a pillar of the congregation, filling many roles there. Friend Myron Snider said Wax was a retired accountant who was unfailingly generous.
The murdered include several people who would have been children during the Holocaust and rise of Nazism.
Authorities say Jew-hater terrorist Rober Bowers made statements about genocide and killing Jewish people. Bowers has been arrested and is being treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital.
Bowers, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle and three handguns, told an officer while he was being treated for his injuries “that he wanted all Jews to die and also that they (Jews) were committing genocide to his people.”
He was charged late Saturday with 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation in what the leader of the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.
Bowers was also charged Saturday in a 29-count federal criminal complaint that included charges of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs — a federal hate crime — and using a firearm to commit murder. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the charges “could lead to the death penalty.”
Jerusalem’s Old City walls were lit up on Sunday evening with Israeli and United States flags and the inscription “We are with you, Pittsburgh.”
Israeli Ministers stood and observed a minute of silence on Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting in memory of those who were murdered in Pittsburgh.