Victims of shooting remembered
Rally in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH — Nearly two weeks after a gunman shot to death 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue, their lives were remembered Friday with a moment of silence and rally for peace in a downtown park.
Rabbis from all three congregations whose members were meeting in the Tree of Life synagogue building at the time of the Oct. 27 shooting were among a few hundred people who attended the event at Point State Park.
“I want to thank Pittsburgh’s finest,” said Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, flanked by first responders.
“If it wasn’t for Pittsburgh’s finest, I wouldn’t be standing here, addressing you today.”
Myers survived what was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, then handled funerals for his congregants.
Actor Michael Keaton, wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates ball cap, emceed the event that was described as “a gathering of compassion, unity and love.” Keaton grew up in the area.
“This one really hurts. When it happens at a place of worship, that pain runs really, really deep,” Keaton said, calling Pittsburgh “a tough, tough city.”
Robert Bowers, a 46-yearold truck driver, is accused of the shooting rampage that also injured six. He had pleaded not guilty to federal charges.
Rabbis Jonathan Perlman, left, Cheryl Klein and Jeffrey Myers, along with other clergy, including the Rev. David Carver, right, speak during the Rally for Peace and Tree of Life Victims yesterday at Point State Park in Pittsburgh.
People stand during a moment of silence during the Rally for Peace and Tree of Life Victims in downtown Pittsburgh.