Candlelight vigil to be held in Marquette honoring shooting victims
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 30, 2018,
Oct 30, 2018, 2:09
But the rabbi, who had just began his sermon when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, says he regrets he did not do more.
Survivors are recounting the terror of hiding in a dark closet during the massacre that killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue and asking why the gunman blames them for the world's problems.
Nine of the 11 were 65 or older, several old enough to have been children during the rise of Nazism.
Jewish communities across Canada gathered for memorial demonstrations.
Chris Hall, a 28-year-old neighbor told AFP he felt "awful", adding: "I didn't know that type of caliber of person could be living right next door without any clue of what any motive he would have, and who could do something like this".
A female cleric led an a capella rendition of the national anthem and a male cantor read the Hatikvah - a Jewish poem and Israel's national anthem.
Scott Brady, US attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said the death toll could have been much worse if the suspect had left before police arrived.
"If they were here, they would tell you that is where they were supposed to be", said Schopf.
"Stop the words of hate". He then recited the Hebrew Prayer of Peace.
The shooting raised immediate alarm in Jewish communities around the country.
Gab.com says it suspended the account of suspect Robert Gregory Bowers and contacted law enforcement immediately, turning over his account.
He has been hospitalised with multiple gunshot wounds but will appear before a federal magistrate on Monday.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver is hoping the community continues to show support for the victims.
"Heartbroken", said Aylia Paulding, 37, her voice breaking as she summed up the grief-stricken mood.
Two other worshipers were wounded in the initial shooting spree, which might have lasted about 15 minutes.
Six people were injured in the attack, including four officers.
Weiss said his father told him that he and Tree of Life's rabbi helped congregants take shelter and follow the active shooter response training they'd received months earlier.
Aaron P. Bernstein via Getty Images Demonstrators call on President Donald Trump to increase the number of refugees resettled in the United States in a protest organized by HIAS outside the U.S. Capitol on September 14, 2017. The organization was founded in 1881 by American Jews living on Manhattan's Lower East Side who wanted to help Jews in Russian Federation and Eastern Europe fleeing pograms and anti-Semitic riots. "The ministry condemns the targeting of places of worship by these terrorists who hold fascist and rotten beliefs based on the supremacy and dominance of white people".
"The approach we need to be looking at is how we take the guns - the common denominator of every mass shooting in America - out of the hands of those looking to express hatred through murder", he said.
Friends and family hug after the deadly shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue.
The rabbi says he has not seen an extreme level of anti-Semitism in Vermont.
On Friday, coincidentally, Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the American Civil Liberties Union, wrote for The Washington Post, "Campus anti-Semitism has come from across the political spectrum". "It's the environment that you create with your rhetoric".