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97-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Among 11 Killed In Synagogue Massacre: Report

A 97-year-old Holocaust survivor was among the 11 worshipers slain at a Saturday morning service in a Pittsburgh synagogue, authorities said.

The victims’ identities were released by the medical examiner’s office after the next of kin had been notified of their deaths, allegedly at the hands of Robert Bowers. Six others were wounded, including four responding police officers.

Among the victims were also siblings, a husband and wife. A few biographical details have been released about the dead, who range in age from 54 to 97:

David Rosenthal, 54, brother to victim Cecil Rosenthal

Cecil Rosenthal, 59, brother to victim David Rosenthal

Bernice Simon, 84, wife to victim Sylvan Simon

Sylvan Simon, 86, husband to victim Bernice Simon

Joyce Feinberg, 75

Richard Gottfried, 65

Rose Mallinger, 97, a Holocaust survivor.

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

Daniel Stein, 71

Melvin Wax, 88

and Irving Younger, 69

“We are going to get through this,” Police Chief Scott Schubert said Sunday. “We are going to continue on and show what Pittsburgh is made of.”

Bowers is accused of attacking the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood about 9:50 a.m. Saturday, according to prosecutors, who have said he was armed with three handguns and an assault rifle.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady told reporters on Sunday that during the rampage, Bowers allegedly talked about genocide and wanting to kill Jewish people.

Bowers will appear in court on Monday afternoon, according to authorities. He remains in custody in the hospital following surgery after being wounded during the shootings.

This post will be updated as more is known about the slain victims.


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