Pittsburgh begins to bury those killed in synagogue shooting

Pittsburgh begins to bury those killed in synagogue shooting

Students pay their respects as a funeral procession to their Pittsburgh school Tuesday. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Pittsburgh's Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday, holding the first in a week long series of funerals for the 11 people gunned down in a synagogue at city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Cecil and David Rosenthal, intellectually disabled brothers in their 50s, were "beautiful souls" who had "not an ounce of hate in them – something we're terribly missing today," said Rabbi Jeffrey Myers at the brothers' funeral.

Myers was a survivor of Saturday's massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue. He told the Rosenthals family, "The entire world is sharing its grief with you, so you do not walk alone."

President Trump visits later in the day to offer his condolences, despite objections from some community members. Pennsylvania's governor and mayor of Pittsburgh said they would not join him.

The man accused of the attack, Robert Bowers, is awaiting a hearing in jail. Bowers faces hate-crime charges because killings are believed to be related to the victims' religion.

– Associated Press

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