Victims in Pittsburgh shooting identified

Gage Goulding


Megan Shandel

People in and around the Pittsburgh area traveled to the scene with flowers on October 27, 2018 to pay respects to the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

Malyk Johnson and Gage Goulding

11 people were killed in a shooting on Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. In a press conference at 9 AM, the victims have been identified. All of the victims were middle-aged or older. The victims include brothers and a husband and wife.

  • Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland
  • Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township
  • Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill
  • Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood
  • Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill
  • David Rosenthal, 54, of Squirrel Hill
  • Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg
  • Sylvan Simon, 87, of Wilkinsburg
  • Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill
  • Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill
  • Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington

At a press conference, this morning Mayor of Pittsburgh William Peduto referenced an interview with President Donald Trump where the President mentioned that the conflict would be prevented if the synagogue had armed guards.

I’ve heard the Presidents comment about how we should arm guards in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques. I’ve heard the conversation over the past year about how we should arm security guards in our schools,” said Peduto. “We’re dealing with irrational behavior. There is no way you can rationalize a person walking into a synagogue during services and taking the lives of 11 people.

Peduto also discussed gun control and how it is the common denominator in the mass shootings in America.

I think the approach that we need to be looking at is how we take the guns, which is the common denominator of every mass shooting in America, out of the hands of those who are looking to express hatred through murder.


An update was also offered via a tweet on those being treated in various hospitals around Pittsburgh. At UPMC Presbyterian a 61-year-old female is in stable condition. A 70-year-old male is in critical condition. A 55-year-old officer is in stable condition, and a 40-year-old male is in critical condition.