Pittsburgh mayor: Tree of Life shooting an ‘aberration’

Written by By Carlos Buenrostro, CNN Pittsburgh, PA, United States

I’ve lived in Pittsburgh my entire life and I have never witnessed the devastating loss of life and suffering experienced by all in response to the heartbreaking tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue.”

“There’s a strong pride and “Steeler Way” mentality in this city, and many people view the actions of our beloved anti-Semitic perpetrator as an aberration to the magic and positive character of the city.”

This is what Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said in the wake of the shootings.

My daughter is in Pittsburgh @ #TreeofLifeSynagogue. We just heard the awful news and are trying to gather information for her. So sad to see the pain that her city and city’s children are going through. #PrayforPittsburgh — Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) October 31, 2018

Although this was the second time Peduto and Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto made their message on Twitter, the original post has been liked by more than 685,000 people since it was made on July 30, 2018.

My heart goes out to the entire Pittsburgh family today. We are praying for peace, strength, and strength for all involved in this senseless act of evil. https://t.co/uZrSQEuBm6 — Mayor Bill Peduto (@billpeduto) October 31, 2018

The Pittsburgh flag was lowered to half-staff on Tuesday following the shooting, and some businesses and property owners are displaying black ribbons.

The city also has taken to the airwaves for their own message.

We don’t forget. WTAE Pittsburgh, through the strength of united communities around the world, has rallied and we WILL unify. The Steelers will play in Sunday’s game in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. — #PitTown (@Pittsburgh_Power) October 31, 2018

We are a city that understands the pain, but we will not relent in our determination to serve a room filled with strong, powerful individuals. We will create a better world for all who walk this Earth. #WBU

— #WBU Squirrel Hill (@SquirrelHgtf) October 31, 2018

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is not getting involved with the recovery effort at this time and the city is requesting donations of money, supplies and blood donations.

A siren heralded a funeral procession for Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, Dr. Rose Mallinger and Dr. Daniel Stein, three victims of the synagogue shooting, on Tuesday.

Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, three victims of the synagogue shooting. Credit: Pittsburgh Public Safety

I spoke with the parents of Dr. Rose Mallinger, three victims of the synagogue shooting on Wednesday and know them to be survivors and pillars of the Pittsburgh community. I was shocked and saddened by the news. They are in the care of family members. pic.twitter.com/9RvH4eD8ds — Sean Clegg (@Sean_Clegg) October 31, 2018

“Mayor Peduto’s message to the victims of the #TreeofLifeSynagogue shooting struck me as heartbreaking and extraordinarily strong and brave,” Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto tweeted on Wednesday.

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