Prosecutors pursuing the death penalty against Robert Bowers, the homegrown terrorist who walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday and murdered 11 people in cold blood.
U.S Attorney Scott Brady has already begun the process to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions to approve a capital case against Bowers.
The 46-year-old man was armed with an AR-15 rifle and three Glock .357 handguns when he opened fire killing 11 people and wounding six others, including four law enforcement officers.
According to the complaint, Robert Bowers told a SWAT team member that he wanted to “kill Jews” because “they’re committing genocide to my people.”
He now faces 29 federal charges, including obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs and using a firearm to commit murder, as well as 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.
Mayor Bill Peduto called the mass shooting “darkest day of Pittsburgh’s history.”
“The Jewish community is the backbone, it is part of the fabric of Pittsburgh,” he said. “We have been knocked down before, but we have always been able to stand back up because we stay together.”
Please join me in sending love and prayers to the families of the 11 victims:
Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, City of Pittsburgh
Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township
Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough
Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
David Rosenthal, 54, (brother of Cecil), of Squirrel Hill
Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg
Sylvan Simon, 86, (husband of Bernice), of Wilkinsburg
Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh
Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington, City of Pittsburgh