Victims of Pittsburgh Shooting named; suspect charged with 29 counts

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A person stands in front of Stars of David that are displayed in front of the Tree of Life Synagogue with the names of those killed in Saturday’s deadly shooting in Pittsburgh, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

According to police officials, 11 people were killed and 6 injured in a mass shooting in Pittsburgh.  

According to Curt Conrad, chief of staff for Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor, the 10 people were killed at the Tree Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. 

The FBI is investigating this shooting as a hate crime. 

The suspect has been identified as Robert Bowers, 46, according to law enforcement officials. Officials say Bowers made anti-Semitic statements during the shooting. Officials are focusing on social media postings that are believed to have come from Bowers as a part of the investigation. 

Law enforcement officials say Bowers used an AR-15 assault style rifle and at least three handguns and used anti-simitic slurs while opening fire in the synagogue. Bowers is facing federal and state charges. Federal officials have charged him with 29 criminal counts including; obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs, a hate crime, and using a firearm to commit murder. 

Bowers is also facing state charges including; 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation. 

Sunday, Karl Williams, Allegheny County’s chief medical examiner, released the victims’ identities in a news conference.

The oldest victim was 97 years old, and the youngest 54. Among those killed were a pair of brothers and a married couple. Here are the victims:

  • Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough, Pennsylvania
  • Brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, 59 and 54, of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
  • Rose Mallinger, a 97-year-old from Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
  • Married couple Bernice and Sylvan Simon, 84 and 86, of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township, Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
  • Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
  • Irving Younger, 69 of Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington neighborhood
  • Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland neighborhood, Pittsburgh

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