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Prosecutors vow 'justice' for PA synagogue victims

02 November 2018

Authorities allege Bowers opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue as three congregations gathered to celebrate Shabbat services Saturday morning, killing 11 people and injuring six others in what's believed to the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, and members of a grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals for victims of the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history.

Six other people, including four police officers, were injured before Bowers was shot by police and surrendered.

This courtroom sketch depicts Robert Bowers as he appeared in a wheelchair in federal court on Monday.

If convicted of the crimes he has been charged with, Bowers could face the death penalty.

Robert Bowers, 46, spoke little in court on Thursday, other than to say he understood the charges against him and to enter a "not guilty" plea.

Bowers remained jailed without bail.

Pittsburgh began burying its dead on Tuesday, with thousands of mourners jamming a synagogue, a Jewish community center and a third, undisclosed site for the funerals of a beloved family doctor, a pillar of the congregation, and two intellectually disabled brothers in the 50s who were known as "the boys".

He faces a maximum possible penalty of death, or life without parole, followed by a consecutive sentence of 535 years of imprisonment.

Although Bowers is reported to have posted numerous anti-Trump rants online, the president has been accused of stoking violence with his fiery rhetoric.

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The mass murder suspect also reportedly injured several more people Saturday in the attack at The Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area.

Their arrival coincided with the first victims' funerals.

The approximately 40 high schoolers at the Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh attended Wednesday's funeral for Joyce Fienberg, whose niece used to teach at their school.

As Trump and his security detail passed by one hallway, a group of hospital workers yelled to thank him for his service, prompting him to walk over and greet them.

Many Jews have gathered in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh to make sure that Trump doesn't get the photo-op he wants so badly, he'd defy the wishes of the community in mourning.

Over the course of Trump's time in politics, he has become infamous for an apparent lack of compassion.

Widowed a decade ago, Younger had a son and daughter in California, who waited all day on Saturday to learn if he had survived.

Jared Younger said that when his sister contacted him, he had a feeling it was about his father.

While inside the Jewish house of worship, Bowers allegedly said he wanted to "kill Jews", according to court documents.

Prosecutors vow 'justice' for PA synagogue victims