Victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack are laid to rest

Saul Bowman
November 2, 2018

Mr Bowers, 46, was indicted on Wednesday on 44 counts, for killing 11 people including lethal hate crimes, which means he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Four police officers were wounded trying to apprehend Bowers, who stands accused of shooting three of the wounded officers.

Bowers reportedly walked into the courtroom confidently on Thursday, where one of his attorneys, Michael Novara, announced the not-guilty plea.

This is his second appearance before a federal court.

Funerals for the 11 victims began on Tuesday.

He was captured inside the synagogue by police as they stopped his rampage at the Tree of Life Synagogue during a prayer service.

The indictment charges Bowers with one count of obstructing the free exercise of religion resulting in death for each of the 11 people he killed.

Bowers said little except to acknowledge to Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell that he had read the indictment against him and that he understood possible sentences included execution or life in prison.

Bowers allegedly expressed anti-semitic sentiments on social media before he carried out the attack, making the shooting the worst anti-semitic attack in US history.

In Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the mass shooting occurred, families and members of the Jewish community in the city and around the nation are rallying together to honor the victims of the massacre.

Caskets are carried outside the Rodef Shalom Congregation, where the funeral for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal was held.

The rabbi said he was "pleasantly surprised" to discover a "warm and personal side" to President Trump, when he visited the Pittsburgh synagogue earlier this week after the deadly shootings that had occurred there over the weekend.

The day's other funeral was being held for Dr. Richard Gottfried, a dentist who worked part-time at a clinic treating refugees and immigrants. Their arrival coincided with the first victims' funerals. The oldest victim, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, will be honoured at a service Friday.

They were joined by Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, as well as Myers, the Tree of Life rabbi, and Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer.

Friends recalled Irving Younger, 69, as a "kibbitzing, people-loving" man.

Meanwhile, President Trump attacked the media again following massive protests in Pittsburgh during his visit to the Tree of Life synagogue Wednesday.

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