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Victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack are laid to rest

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The anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges that could put him on death row.

Robert Bowers, 46, was arraigned one day after a grand jury issued a 44-count indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing the practice of religion and other crimes. It was his second brief appearance in a federal courtroom since the weekend

Funerals were planned Thursday for Bernice and Sylvan Simon, husband and wife, and Dr. Richard Gottfried, a dentist who worked part-time at a clinic treating refugees and immigrants. The oldest victim, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, will be honored at a service Friday. Her daughter was injured in the attack.

Friends recalled Irving Younger, 69, as a “kibbitzing, people-loving” man. He was one of the first people Rabbi Jeffrey Myers met when he came to town last year from New Jersey to lead Tree of Life.

Myers, who survived the massacre, is presiding over five funerals for seven congregants this week. He ran a few minutes late to Younger’s service because he was still at the burial for another victim, Joyce Fienberg.

“I can’t imagine the stress he’s under,” said his predecessor, Rabbi Charles “Chuck” Diamond.

As Younger’s service was wrapping up, Myers momentarily forgot to read a letter to the family that another rabbi had sent.

“After preparing for five funerals, you get a little verklempt,” Myers said.

Bowers remained jailed without bail. (AP)

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Funeral flags are on the hearse for the funeral of Rose Mallinger, 97, at Congregation Rodef Shalom on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Mallinger was one of the eleven victims killed in the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last Saturday. (Photo: Keith Srakocic/AP)


Visitors huddle together as they gather for the funeral of Rose Mallinger, 97, at Congregation Rodef Shalom on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (Photo: Keith Srakocic/AP)


The final resting place of Rose Mallinger, 97, lays ready for her casket in the Tree of Life Memorial Park on Oct. 31, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mallinger, a mother of 3, grandmother to 5, and great grandmother of 1, was among the 11 victims killed in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)


This is a painted rock in memory of Rose Mallinger, 97, found Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, to the 11 people killed during worship services Saturday Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


National Cemetery of Alleghenies is seen during the service for Bernice and Sylvan Simon, the husband and wife, who were killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


Rabbi Yisroel Rosenfeld, center, embrace a mourner after the funeral of Bernice and Sylvan Simon, the husband and wife, who were killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, at Ralph Scholar Chape on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


One of the hearse that is carrying the caskets of Bernice and Sylvan Simon, the husband and wife, who were killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, crosses as brigade on the way to the cemetery on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)



Mourners watch as the hearse carrying the casket of Richard Gottfried leaves the Ralph Schugar Funeral home in Pittsburgh following a memorial service Nov. 1, 2018. Mr. Gottfried, 65, was one of 11 people killed while worshipping when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


A photo of Tree of Life Synagogue victim Dr. Richard Gottfried is surrounded Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, by flowers, part of a spontaneous memorial of flowers that has grown a block from the temple were he was killed when a shooter opened fire during worship services, killing 11, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


Pallbearers carry the casket of Joyce Fienberg from the Beth Shalom Synagogue following a funeral service in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Fienberg, 75, Melvin Wax, 87 and Irving Younger, 69 were to be laid to rest as part of a weeklong series of services for the 11 people killed in a shooting rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


Students from the Yeshiva School in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh stand outside Beth Shalom Synagogue after attending the funeral service for Joyce Fienberg, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


Mourners are seen during a processional outside of Congregation Beth Shalom for the funeral of Joyce Fienberg who was killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


Mourners embrace during a processional outside of Congregation Beth Shalom for the funeral of Joyce Fienberg who was killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


A mourner carries a temporary memorial with the name Joyce Fienberg on it to the Tree of Life Synagogue, Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Jackendoff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)


The hearse leaves Ralph Scholar Chapel after the funeral of Melvin Wax who was killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


A mourner carries a poster board with family photos of Irving Younger, 69, a victim of Saturday’s synagogue shooting, after his funeral at Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


The casket of Irving Younger, 69, a victim of Saturday’s synagogue shooting, is carried to a waiting hearse after his funeral at Rodef Shalom Temple in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


A Mourner visits a makeshift memorial to Irving Younger outside the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 31, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)


Students from the Yeshiva School in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, pay their respects as the funeral procession for Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz passes their school en route to Homewood Cemetery following a funeral service at the Jewish Community Center, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Rabinowitz was one of people killed while worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


Mourners walk behind the hearse carrying the casket of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz to Homewood Cemetery following a funeral service at the Jewish Community Center in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


These are stones found on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue to the 11 people killed during worship services Saturday Oct. 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar/AP)


Gene Tabachnick a friend of brothers David Rosenthal and Cecil Rosenthal who were killed at the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue fills their graves at the Tree of Life Memorial Park cemetery as part of Kevurah, traditional jewish burial, on Tuesday, Oct.30, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


Mourners gather outside Rodef Shalom Temple following the funeral of brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54 on Oct. 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Rosenthal Brothers were among the 11 victims killed in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)


The caskets are carried from Rodef Shalom Temple after funeral services for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


Mourners gather outside Rodef Shalom Congregation during the funeral services for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The brothers were killed in the mass shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)


A note honoring shooting fatalities and brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal sits at a memorial at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Photo: Matt Rourke/AP)