Pittsburgh community holds vigil to remember synagogue shooting victims

Brothers, married couple among the dead

By Rose-Ann Aragon - Reporter

(CNN) - The names of the 11 victims from Saturday's shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh have been released.

They are:

  • Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, city of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township, PA
  • Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough, PA
  • Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh, PA
  • David Rosenthal, 54, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg, PA
  • Sylvan Simon, 86, of Wilkinsburg, PA
  • Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington, City of Pittsburgh, PA

According to a release from the Allegheny Co. Executive's Office, Cecil and David Rosenthal were brothers. Bernice and Sylvan Simon were married, according to the same release.

'Let Peace Begin with Me'

A vigil was held Sunday at Sewickley United Methodist Church. A hundred people gathered as names of victims were called at a candlelight vigil. 

"We are to love. We are to love unconditionally," the Rev. Russel Shuluga said.

Shuluga led the 11 a.m. vigil and service. Members of the church brought a rose and lit candles for each of the victims of the Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. 

"We get through these tragedies by coming together and doing our little piece to restore faith," said Worship Leader Hurst Bartley.

Shuluga's message to those who attended focused on encouraging people to speak up in times where they see hate or division. He also focused on encouraging the community to come together to support the Jewish community.

"This is just a way to show support for them and to let the families know that we care," said church member Barbara Bower.

Bower said there are more good people out there than bad people.

"There was one shooter yesterday. There were 100 people today. There were a thousand people in Squirrel Hill last night," Bower said.
'We will rebuild'

There were thousands who packed the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall for the 5 p.m. vigil in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood for the largest vigil after the shooting.

"It was overwhelming. It was heartwarming," said Pittsburgh attendee Todd Rosenfeld.

"The world just felt so much darker. And, all my memories of being in that building were kind of in shadow but today with standing together and seeing all the people coming together. It didn't erase anything but it did help to make things a lot less painful," said Hallie Goldstein, who grew up at Tree of Life.