Vic­tims of shoot­ing re­mem­bered

Rally in Pitts­burgh

Winnipeg Sun - - CLASSIFIED -

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.

ALEXAN­DRA WIMLEY/AP PHO­TOS

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.

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