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Jewish volunteers enter Pittsburgh synagogue to prepare bodies for burial

Jewish volunteers enter Pittsburgh synagogue to prepare bodies for burial”

As security was heighten at various synagogues across the country, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis say they are horrified knowing that someone went in to a synagogue opened fired killing and injuring people.

Perlman, who leads the New Light congregation, commended the people of his congregation for their volunteerism and efforts in the local community. After the attack and as he was leaving the building, Bowers encountered a law enforcement officer and the two exchanged gunfire, officials said.

Mr Bowers was taken to a hospital where he was listed in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

Bob Jones, head of the FBI's Pittsburgh office, said that worshippers "were brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply due to their faith", though he cautioned the shooter's full motive was not yet known.

On top of Bowers's page, one quote said, "jews are the children of satan", according to screenshots of the now-suspended account released by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist views.

During the week, anyone who wanted to get inside Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue had to ring the doorbell and be granted entry by staff because the front door was kept locked. During the attack, he reportedly shouted "All Jews must die".

Vancouver's Jewish community wants the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting to be remembered and celebrated for who they were, not just as a "piece of news".

Officials said at a news conference Sunday the 11 victims ranged in age from 54 to 97 and included a married couple, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, and two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal.

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive officer of the Anti-Defamation League, said the group believes Saturday's attack was the deadliest on the Jewish community in USA history.

Earlier, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said federal prosecutors could seek the death penalty.

Vickar said the Edmonton Jewish community is planning more prayer services to honour the victims and their families.

Bowers lived in the Baldwin Borough suburb of Pittsburgh, less than half an hour's drive south of the Tree of Life synagogue.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton ordered flags in the state to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims.

World leaders denounced the attack, deploring it as an affront to humanity. "We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters to defeat anti-Semitism and vanquish the forces of hate".

It called on Trump to "fully denounce white nationalism", to "stop targeting and endangering all minorities", to "cease your assault on immigrants and refugees" and to "commit yourself to compassionate democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us". We must work together to eradicate this evil by a policy of zero tolerance for anti-Semitism. "We must unite to conquer hate". The president said he will personally travel to Pittsburgh to commemorate the victims.

Pope Francis at the Vatican called the massacre an "inhuman act of violence".

Pope Francis delivers his speech during a Mass for the closing of the synod of bishops in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Oct. 28, 2018. "And we all pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "heartbroken and appalled" by the attack.



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