Harrowing accounts from synagogue; suspect due in court

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A crowdfunding campaign formed by two Muslim groups has raised more than $100,000 for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which killed 11, the Times of Israelreported.

The suspect in Saturday's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue is a 46-year-old local man named Robert Bowers who posted virulent antisemitic messages on social media filled with slurs and conspiracy theories.

The oldest victim was identified as 97-year-old Rose Malinger of Squirrel Hill, the heavily Jewish neighbourhood in which the synagogue is located.

"The actions of Robert Bowers represent the worst of humanity", USA attorney for western Pennsylvania Scott Brady told reporters.

He had an assault rifle and three handguns at the time of the attack, which lasted around 20 minutes, Jones said. Six other people, including four police officers, were injured during the October 27 incident.

US Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat who is Jewish, said on Sunday the country needs to combat a climate of hatred and division that he said President Trump helped foster.

Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood, Pa., the brother of Bedford resident Bill Rabinowitz, was gunned down in the Saturday morning attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Rev. John Gibbons, senior minister of First Parish in Bedford, confirmed Sunday.

They include several people who would have been children during the Holocaust and rise of Nazism. "We feel obligated to follow this Prophetic tradition on standing up for the Jewish community".

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Earlier, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said federal prosecutors could seek the death penalty.

Chicago police did not receive any threats to the city or the vigil, but officers and K9s were deployed to the vigil to ensure a visible presence, officials said.

Bowers, who is a registered voter with "no affiliation" in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, took aim in one post at US President Donald Trump, accusing him of being a "globalist" who did nothing to stop the "infestation" of the United States by Jews. "Screw your optics, I'm going in", wrote Bowers, a heavy-set, white male.

Eight men and three women, ranging in age from 97 to 54, were killed at a crowded Pittsburgh synagogue after an alleged gunman opened fire on the congregation during Saturday services, officials have announced.

Bowers has been arrested and is being treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital. It is also in partnership with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

The Anti-Defamation League said the Pittsburgh rampage is the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.

"You have to talk to them in a way they understand", he said.

For El-Messidi, the past few years have not been an easy time to be an American Muslim, which is all the more reason to reach out to others in their times of need.