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Mourning the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack

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A 97-year-old woman, an octogenarian couple, two brothers. Americans on Sunday learned the identities of the 11 victims of the bloody assault on a Pittsburgh synagogue — a mostly elderly group and easy targets for a shooter who said he “wanted all Jews to die.”

Nine of the 11 were 65 or older, several old enough to have been children during the rise of Nazism. They included Rose Mallinger, age 97, and couple Sylvan and Bernice Simon, both in their 80s.

Federal officials said Sunday that 46-year-old suspect Robert Bowers — arrested at the Tree of Life synagogue after a firefight with police — faces 29 federal charges, many of them carrying the death penalty. He is to appear before a federal magistrate on Monday.

Across the country, prayer vigils and ecumenical services were held in tribute to the dead as words of solace and commiseration poured in from the U.S. Jewish community — the largest outside Israel — but also from the pope and European leaders. (AFP)

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Two people support each other in front of flowers at a makeshift memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


A person cries as she waits to place flowers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett speaks to the media near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


Flowers and cards sit at a makeshift memorial down the street from the site of the mass shooting that killed 11 people and wounded 6 at the Tree Of Life Synagogue on Oct. 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)


People arrive to pay their respects in front of a memorial on Oct. 28, 2018 outside of the Tree of Life synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


A Jewish man prays at the Moscow Jewish Community Center on Oct. 28, for the victims of the Oct. 27, 2018 shooting attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS via Getty Images)


Posters at Heinz field honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)


An image of Israeli and American flags with the wording, “We are with you – Pittsburgh” is projected on the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, in solidarity with the victims of a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)


The flag of the United States flies at half staff in mourning for 11 people who were shot to death at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, at the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)


Mourners outside the Tree of Life synagogue a day after a mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Vincent Pugliese/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Israeli youths light candles in center Jerusalem on Oct. 28, 2018, during a tribute to the victims of a shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue. (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)


People light candles outside the Tree of Life synagogue a day after a mass shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Vincent PuglieseEPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Gideon Murphy places a flower at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in Saturday’s mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


Flowers are placed an impromptu memorial at the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday’s shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


A man arrives with flowers on Oct. 28, 2018 outside of the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Deputies raise the American flag outside the Allegheny County Courthouse a day after a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: VIincent Pugliese/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


People stand on the stairs of Sixth Presbyterian Church as the crowd spills up the hill and down the street for a vigil blocks from where an active shooter shot multiple people at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. (Photo: Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, Minister of Transport of Israel Yisrael Katz left, and Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman stand for a moment of silence for the victims of the Pittsburgh, U.S. synagogue shooting attack, during the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Oded Balilty, Pool/AP)


A man kneels to light a candle beneath a police cordon outside the Tree of Life Synagogue after a shooting there left 11 people dead in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Pope Francis delivers his blessing from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh’s Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue, denouncing the “inhuman act of violence” and praying for an end to the “flames of hatred” that fueled it. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP)


Members and supporters of the Jewish community come together for a candlelight vigil, in remembrance of those who died earlier in the day during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)


Boston Red Sox players bow their heads as a moment of silence is observed for the victims of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., earlier in the day before the start of game four of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Mike Nelson/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


Members and supporters of the Jewish community come together for a candlelight vigil, in remembrance of those who died earlier in the day during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)


People take part in a vigil for th Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Jackendoff/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)


People light candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


A crowd gathers at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire earlier in the day, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


A young boy holds a sign at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a memorial vigil for the victims of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue where a shooter opened fire, killing multiple people and wounding others, including several police officers, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


A crowd gathers at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh during a memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


People hold candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


People hold candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


People gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


Holding candles, a group of girls wait for the start of a memorial vigil at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire, killing multiple people and wounding others, including sevearl police officers, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


People mourn the loss of life as they hold a vigil for the victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: John Altdorfer/Reuters)


A group holds a sign at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Forbes Ave. in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, during a memorial vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue where a shooter opened fire, killing multiple people and wounding others, including several police officers, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman hugs a person as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


Deb Polk holds a sign as she gathers with others for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


A woman crosses police tape to bring flowers to an impromptu memorial at the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday’s shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct.28, 2018. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


People walk by as the municipality building in Tel Aviv is lit in the colors of the American flag in solidarity with the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack, Israel Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Nir Elias/Reuters)