Synagogue shooting victims are mourned

Mourners grieved for those who have lost their lives in recent shootings.

Mourners grieved for those who have lost their lives in recent shootings.

CAMBRIDGE – The Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh shocked Americans across the nation and in Dorchester County. On Thursday, a group of pastors and community members gathered in front of Grace United Methodist Church in the late afternoon to mourn the victims of the incident, 11 of whom lost their lives. Nine more, including four police officers, were wounded.

A 46-year-old man has been charged in connection with the shooting. He was reported to have shouted anti-Semitic statements at the scene.
“We come together today to show our solidarity with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh,” the Rev. Jerome Tilghman said to the group of about 25. “We’re going to stand on the word of God.”

The congregation rejected hatred and bigotry of all kinds, as they also remembered African-Americans Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones. The two were shot Oct. 24 in Kentucky in what authorities have called a federal hate crime.

The circle of mourners prayed and sang during the short service, as motorists and passersby moved along the street. They heard the names of each victim who was killed.

Those from Tree of Life were: Irving Younger, Melvin Wax, Rose Mallinger, married couple Bernice and Sylvan Simon, Jerry Rabinowitz, Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Daniel Stein, and brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal.

Robert Gregory Bowers has been charged in the incident. A grand jury in Pittsburgh issued a 44-count indictment on Oct. 31, charging him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing justice, the practice of religion and other crimes.

At his arraignment, Mr. Bowers pleaded not guilty. Conviction on the charges could result in a sentence of death.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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