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Pittsburgh shooting: First of 11 funerals held for victims

October 30, 2018 4:04 pm

The first of the 11 victims of the US shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh have now been laid to rest.

Hundreds paid their respects on Tuesday at the funerals of brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal and Jerry Rabinowitz, who were killed on Saturday.

The services come just ahead of President Donald Trump’s controversial visit to the city to pay respects.

Critics have said his visit will draw attention away from the funerals.

Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers had said the president is welcome, though he told CNN on Tuesday he has no plans to meet with Mr Trump as his attention “will be with the family”.

The 11 worshippers were shot and killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in what is thought to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history.

Six other people were injured in the shooting.

Lines of mourners stretched down several blocks at the public services on Tuesday.

Brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, who were aged 54 and 59, were among the first to be buried. They were the youngest victims of the shooting.