Interfaith Service for Shooting Victims Scheduled

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Local civic leaders and the White Oak Interfaith Ministerium will hold a memorial service Saturday for the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life-Or L'Simcha Congregation in Squirrel Hill.

The service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Francis McClure Elementary School, 500 Longvue Drive, White Oak, a spokeswoman said.

The interfaith ministerium includes members of the Jewish, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Church of Christ and independent Christian communities. Members of several congregations are expected to participate in Saturday's event.

Eleven worshipers died and six other people were wounded on Oct. 27 when a gunman entered Tree of Life and opened fire during Shabbat services.

Saturday's memorial in White Oak will include a service of remembrance for the victims of the shooting, the spokeswoman said, "uniting all people of the White Oak and surrounding communities in grief as well as in hope and in defiance of hatred and division."

Robert Bowers, 46, of Baldwin was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on 44 counts in connection with the shooting.

The Allegheny County district attorney's office also has filed charges against Bowers. He is currently being held in the Butler County Prison on a federal detainer for the U.S. Marshal's Service.

(Photo by Mark Dixon via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0)

Originally published November 02, 2018.

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