A day after the horrifying shooting that the took lives of 11 people at a synagogue, the names of the victims have finally been revealed.
The incident took place shortly before 10 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
As reported by the USA Today, the victims were mostly elderly people, with ages ranging from 54 to 97 years old.
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Many of them were at the synagogue as a part of a naming ceremony, which marks the beginning of a journey for a baby born within the Jewish faith. But, instead of joy, they were met with death.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old man, walked through the doors and opened fire over the crowd, killing 11 people and injuring six others, including four police officers.
On Sunday, Karl Williams, Pittsburgh chief medical examiner, released the names of those who perished in the tragedy, and asked people to respect the victim's families, 'their needs, their time and space.'
THE NAMES OF THE VICTIMS
The victims are brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 56, David Rosenthal, 54, Daniel Stein 71, Richard Gottfried, 65, Rose Mallinger, 97, Joyce Fienberg, 75, Irving Younger, 69, Melvin Wax, 8, husband and wife Sylvan Simon, 86, and Bernice Simon, 84 and Jerry Rabinowitz, 66.
Every single one of those victims was regarded as good people who led simple lives and relied heavily on their faith. Unfortunately, their kindness and joy were stolen by Bowers, who yelled 'All Jews must die,' while firing his weapon.
POTENTIAL DEATH PENALTY
The 46-year-old currently faces 29 federal charges; according to the Department of Justice, and some of the charges filed against him 'could lead to the death penalty.'
The police are still investigating the reason behind the attack but it is strongly believed that Bower's actions were motivated by nothing more than hatred towards the victims' faith.