Synagogue Shooting

Lawyer: FBI Erred In Tying Man To Synagogue Massacre Suspect

Nov 16, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

A defense attorney says federal authorities misrepresented a social media connection between the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after the shooting to the FBI.

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The Tree of Life shooting, which left 11 Jewish worshippers dead, has been deemed the most fatal anti-Semitic attack in American history. Federal prosecutors were quick to charge the accused gunman, Robert Bowers, with hate crimes for each fatality.

Man Tied To Synagogue Shooting Suspect Arrested

Nov 14, 2018
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records.

Gab Server Subpoenaed By Pennsylvania Attorney General

Nov 9, 2018
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The Internet server company that hosts the controversial social media network Gab has been subpoenaed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the office confirmed.

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One week after the last funeral for the 11 people killed at Tree of Life Synagogue last month, the community is still mourning. Hundreds gathered at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh Friday afternoon to honor lives lost, and celebrate the city’s strength.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have donated nearly $350,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit the victims of last month's synagogue massacre.

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Genealogies, time cards, and newspaper clippings are among the hundreds of artifacts in the Heinz History Center’s Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives

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People flooded the Cathedral of Learning lawn Monday for a rally against hate. The event, organized by University of Pittsburgh students and faculty, was a reaction to last week's deadly shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue.

Sarah Boden / 90.5 WESA

Jews and non-Jews gathered Saturday at Rodef Shalom, a reform synagogue in Pittsburgh, one week after a shooting at nearby Tree of Life where 11 people were killed.

Usually, services are held in Rodef Shalom’s small chapel, but this week the synagogue used its larger sanctuary. More than half of the 1,100 seats were filled.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

 

Stephanie Butnick had only been to Pittsburgh once, briefly for a wedding, before she was assigned to cover the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.  

Tree Of Life Was Center Of 97-Year-Old Rose Mallinger’s ‘Very Active Life’

Nov 2, 2018
Courtesy of the Mallinger family

Friday brought the end of a wrenching series of funerals as the oldest victim, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, was being laid to rest.

*This story was updated at 5:11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

"We will reopen, but it will not be for quite a while," Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said Friday morning, as he prepared for the last funeral service. Myers himself survived the attack that began just as Shabbat services got underway. In the end, 11 people were gunned down in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Amy Sisk / WESA

Emergency services personnel for Allegheny County spent last Saturday morning responding to routine police calls, such as complaints about parking or residents blowing leaves into neighbors’ yards.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

 

Fred Rogers' famous advice "look for the helpers" has been a salve for many this week as Pittsburghers struggled to cope with the shooting deaths of 11 people in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.

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Sylvan Simon, 86, and Bernice Simon, 84, were married for 62 years, and wed at Tree of Life synagogue.

Days After Synagogue Massacre, Online Hate Is Thriving

Nov 1, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

A website popular with racists that was used by the man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was shut down within hours of the slaughter, but it hardly mattered: Anti-Semites and racists who hang out in such havens just moved to other online forums.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

It happens after many major tragic events: scammers. As donations pour in for victims of Saturday’s synagogue shooting, the FBI warns that fake organizations have solicited people for donations.

"Dear Mr. Trump: We write you on behalf of our client, Pharrell Williams, composer and performer of the hit song 'Happy.' On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged 'nationalist,' you played his song 'Happy' to a crowd at a political event in Indiana.

Rabbis Gather Up Traces Of Pittsburgh Victims For Burial

Nov 1, 2018
Keith Srakocic / AP

As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers approached the sawhorses cordoning off the Tree of Life synagogue, and an FBI agent led them into the crime scene. Inside the desecrated temple, the men donned white forensic coveralls, face masks and gloves, and set to work.

Judaism asks the living to take special care of the dead, and this group had a last, sacred duty to fulfill: gather up every drop of blood and other bodily traces of the 11 people killed in the deadliest attack against Jews in U.S. history.

Dave Klug / AP

Robert Bowers pleaded “not guilty” Thursday morning to charges stemming from the fatal shooting of 11 Jewish congregants at Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday. The case will now proceed to a jury trial.

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At the foot of the Cathedral of Learning, a building known for its representation of nationalities from around the world, students gathered to call for unity and demand changes to gun policy in the United States.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

 

Pittsburgh's grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of a deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue that left 11 dead and six others injured. The shooting is being called the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. 

Amy Sisk / WESA

Four days after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, an anonymous threat prompted a nearby elementary school to go on lockdown and sent Squirrel Hill parents rushing over to check on their children.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

History teacher Jackie Goldblum told her students that she felt helpless and scared after the attack on a synagogue about 2 miles from the school.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

From the corner of Forbes and Shady avenues in Squirrel Hill, you can spot a Chinese restaurant, a dentist, and a dry cleaner, as well as an all-Kosher Dunkin Donuts. It’s a busy commercial district which is full of foot traffic, even on a weekday morning.

Pittsburgh Funerals Continue After Trump Visit And Protests

Oct 31, 2018
Gene J. Puskar / AP

Members of Pittsburgh's grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals Wednesday for victims of the synagogue massacre, a day after President Donald Trump encountered hundreds of protesters when he came to town to pay his respects.

Andrew Harnik / AP

President Donald Trump came to pay tribute Tuesday to those touched by the worst instance of anti-Semitic violence in American history, traveling to a city where he faced an uneasy welcome from those grieving.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

HIAS, the refugee resettlement agency targeted by alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, will change how they monitor threats on social media, according to Mark Hetfield, the agency's president and CEO.

Bowers singled out HIAS on social media site Gab before the attack, accusing the agency of bringing "invaders" to the United States. Founded in 1881 as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, HIAS resettles refugees screened by the government in the U.S. They expanded their program to people of other faiths in the early 2000s. 

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The alleged gunman behind Saturday's deadly mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue in Squirrel Hill faced formal arraignment Monday on 29 federal counts, including hate crimes, which could carry a death penalty. Robert Bowers, 46 of Baldwin, also faces state charges: 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Pittsburgh's Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday, holding the first in a weeklong series of funerals for the 11 people gunned down in a synagogue in the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

*This post was updated at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The casket of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, a family physician known for his caring and kindness, was brought to the Jewish Community Center in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood for the first funeral. Two police vehicles were posted at a side door and two at the main entrance.

Matt Rourke / AP

Hundreds of mourners dressed mostly in black ringed the perimeter of Pittsburgh's city's oldest and largest synagogue, Rodef Shalom, to pay respect for two brothers with intellectually disabilities who were killed in Saturday's shooting.

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