Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Include 2 Brothers, Husband & Wife

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Six people were injured in the attack, including four officers.

Officials said at a news conference Sunday that the victims ranged in age from 54 to 97 and included brothers and a husband and wife. "I just want to kill Jews".

Rabbi Eli Wilansky lights a candle outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood after a mass shooting on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

A Jewish progressive group sent a letter to Donald Trump on Sunday saying the president is not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism following the massacre at a synagogue in the city.

"The approach that we need to be looking at is how we take the guns, which is the common denominator of every mass shooting in America, out of the hands of those that are looking to express hatred through murder", he said at Sunday's news conference.

A spokesman for the Vancouver Police Department said in an emailed statement that the force was in contact with the city's Jewish Federation, and would "continue to liaise with the community and offer support". "Screw your optics, I'm going in".

Wax, who was in his late 80s, was among those killed when a gunman entered the synagogue Saturday and opened fire during Sabbath services.

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But as he made his way out of the door to leave he was confronted by two armed police officers. "I think it legitimizes racist thoughts", he said.

Along with the 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal were among those slaughtered inside the Tree Of Life synagogue.

At one point, his father saw shell casings moving, but he didn't get a clear look at the gunman, Weiss said.

"He had finished, and he was exiting the building", Jones told reporters.

Bowers lived in the Baldwin Borough suburb of Pittsburgh, less than half an hour's drive south of the Tree of Life synagogue. He was allegedly yelling about Jews throughout.

"He and I used to, at the end of services, try to tell a joke or two to each other". "I hope they didn't suffer much and I miss them terribly".

"A loving couple and they've been together forever", longtime friend and neighbor Michael Stepaniak told the news site.

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Both opposition leaders also called for Canadians to stand firmly against hate and anti-Semitism. A law enforcement source told CNN that investigators believe a Gab account that espoused anti-Semitic views belonged to Bowers. These may include a since-deleted Gab account in which a user with Bowers's name compared Jews to Satan and complained that Trump's "Make America Great Again" movement can not succeed so long as Jews "infest" the country.

Bowers, who underwent surgery and remained hospitalized, is scheduled for a court appearance Monday. He faces at least 23 state charges, including homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault against police officers.

He was also charged in a 29-count federal criminal complaint that included counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death - a federal hate crime - and using a firearm to commit murder.

"We wanted to create a space not only to honor the victims of today's shooting but also give everyone a space - not only Jews but everyone in the University community to come out and kind of heal and show solidarity", Truman Brody-Boyd, a fourth-year College student and chair of the Hillel Jewish Leadership Council, said in an interview.

Bowers had made many anti-Semitic posts online, including one which slammed Mr Trump for doing nothing to stop an "infestation" of the United States by Jews.

During the shooting, "Bowers made statements regarding genocide, and his desire to kill Jewish people".

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