Tragedy struck over the weekend in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jewish worshipers were gunned down in a synagogue on Saturday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 46-year-old Robert Bowers, the man accused of storming into the Tree of Life Synagogue and opening fire.
Prosecutors have also filed hate crime charges. Among the 11 victims is a married couple, a pair of brothers and a dentist.
The synagogue’s rabbi said he did his best to get members of his congregation out of harm’s way.
“I turned back to see if I could help the remaining people in the back of my congregation. At that time I could hear the gunfire getting longer. It was no longer safe to be there. I had to leave them,” says Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Meyers.
The victims of the shooting range in age from 54 to 97.
The Anti-Defamation League called this attack on the Jewish community one of the deadliest in U.S. history.