PITTSBURGH (AP) — Funerals will be held Wednesday for three of the victims killed in the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, a day after President Donald Trump encountered hundreds of protesters when he quietly paid his respects.
Melvin Wax, Irving Younger and Joyce Fienberg will be laid to rest. They were among 11 people who died in the shooting rampage Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue. Robert Gregory Bowers, a 46-year-old truck driver who authorities say raged against Jews, was arrested on federal hate-crime charges that could bring the death penalty.
Pittsburgh began burying the dead on Tuesday, with funerals for a beloved family doctor, a pillar of the congregation, and two 50-something brothers known as the Rosenthal "boys." Thousands of mourners jammed a synagogue, a Jewish community center and a third, undisclosed site for the first in a weeklong series of funerals for victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
Trump, meanwhile, arrived to shouting, chanting protesters with signs such as "It's your fault" and "Words matter," alleging that bigots are being emboldened by his bellicose language. Pennsylvania's governor and the mayor of Pittsburgh declined to join him during the visit.