Federal prosecutors have confirmed they will seek the death penalty for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter who slaughtered 11 people and injured six more during morning services on Saturday. "Screw your optics, I'm going in".
The Pittsburgh gunman reportedly focused his ire on the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), accusing it of funding the Central American caravan of refugees, which he dubbed "invaders". You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. The list reveals that in country after country, in the wake of attacks, there has been a tendency to downplay the anti-Jewish nature of the violence and not recognize the attack as targeting Jews.
Recently, Donald Trump supporters and Fox News programming, following the president's lead, have obsessed with escalating hysteria over the caravan - which is hundreds of miles from our southern border - and Trumpites have even claimed it is funded by Soros, whose name figures prominently in their conspiratorial rhetoric. MAGA is an acronym for Make America Great Again that is frequently used by Trump. It appears Bowers acted alone, authorities said.
More than half a century ago, when four young girls were killed in a Birmingham church by a racist's bomb, Dr. King told us that those little girls "have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism...." U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Bowers is charged with 11 counts of murdering victims who were exercising their religious beliefs, and 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder.
The streets were empty, as usual, but inside the nicely kept brick houses of this well-to-do neighbourhood, the centre of Jewish life in Pittsburgh, residents faced the inevitable question - do I know anyone?
Infeld is now based in Vancouver, but was born and raised in Pittsburgh and has attended many celebrations at Tree of Life Synagogue.
Vigils and rallies were organized in a number of Canadian cities, including Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver.
"I don't need to tell you how awful this has all been", he said. Bowers kept to himself, he said.
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Linda Lohr, a retired paralegal, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she was shocked, saying that although he was quiet, he was also the kind of neighbor who would call to let her know if she left the garage door open.
The oldest victim of the shooting inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh was 97, authorities have confirmed.
He was given a traffic citation in 2015 for operating a vehicle without registration plates, and was subject to a debt claim by Colonial Credit Corporation for $2,065 in 2005.
According to law enforcement officials speaking anonymously to the Associated Press, the suspect purchased all of his firearms legally and was licensed to carry firearms.
At approximately 9:50 a.m., officials say Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue, armed with multiple weapons, including three Glock.357 handguns and an AR-15-style weapon.
It isn't clear whether Bowers, who underwent surgery and remains hospitalized, has an attorney to speak on his behalf.
"The kids heard the sirens at our synagogue down the block and we just told them 'that's the sound of people saving your life". "I can't believe he did that".
"You know, you're always anxious that something would happen", said Myron Snider, head of the cemetery committee for New Light.