Pittsburgh residents still in shock after Squirrel Hill shooting


As Pittsburgh tries to make sense of this tragic loss, many people are paying their respects to the victims. 

Many people shared such fond memories of those who tragically lost their lives inside of the Tree of Life Synagogue and you just tell they were so loved by their community.

Others traveled to Squirrel Hill just to offer support at a time when it’s needed most.

Tree of Life Congregation Member, Kris Kepler said, “They were really good people. Hard to understand why anyone would want to come in and kill them.”

A somber disbelief hangs over the streets of Squirrel Hill as the community and members of the congregation remember loved ones. 

“The others that died there were people that when I first converted to Judaism and joined this congregation that were always incredibly welcoming and friendly to me and people I talked to every week and people I shared lunch with after services every Saturday, said Kepler.

Memorials of flowers and messages of hope growing at many locations around the Tree of Life Synagogue. 

Greenfield Resident , Erika Berman said, “And I think something like this should bring people closer together um not pull everybody apart.” 

Many coming from other cities and even other states to pay their respects to the neighborhood they grew up in. 

Steubenville Resident, William McGovern said,  “I lived here, but what really struck me is that someone um would allow their heart to get so dark as to just because of somebody’s faith you know they would take their lives, take 11 people’s lives and try to take many more lives.” 

And others trying help in any way they can with a hug, condolences, or love from a therapy dog. 

Sit Means Sit Mahoning and Steel Valley, Melissa Simko said, “So if the dogs would be able to read the headlines they would know that there was a  need for the therapy dogs. Love has no age, love has no religion so this is where they would wanna come.” 

As families and friends continue to grieve, they lean on each other. 

“It’s going to take a lot of time to to heal, if we can. Um but one thing about the Jewish community is that we’re all one big family and we all come together when we need each other,” said Kepler. 

There is still a heavy police presence in the area and many people are just stopping to thank the officers for keeping their city save.

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