Syn­a­gogue deaths marked

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD -

Two weeks af­ter a gun­man shot to death 11 peo­ple in­side a Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue, their lives were re­mem­bered yes­ter­day with a mo­ment of si­lence and rally for peace.

Rab­bis from the three con­gre­ga­tions whose mem­bers were meet­ing in the Tree of Life syn­a­gogue build­ing at the time of the Oc­to­ber 27 shoot­ing — the dead­li­est at­tack on Jews in US his­tory — were among a few hun­dred who at­tended the event at Pitts­burgh’s Point State Park. Among them were ac­tor and MC Michael Keaton, and ac­tor Tom Hanks.

Robert Bow­ers, a 46-year-old truck driver, is ac­cused of the ram­page. He had pleaded not guilty to fed­eral charges.

Mayor Bill Pe­duto re­minded the crowd the rally was tak­ing place on the 80th an­niver­sary of Kristall­nacht, Nazi Ger­many’s sys­tem­atic as­sault on Jews and their in­sti­tu­tions.

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