Scores protest Trump's visit to Pittsburgh after anti-Semitic shooting at synagogue

Scores protest Trump's visit to Pittsburgh after anti-Semitic shooting at synagogue

Scores protest Trump's visit to Pittsburgh after anti-Semitic shooting at synagogue

The man accused of shooting and killing 11 worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue - while allegedly shouting "all Jews must die" - made his first appearance in federal court Monday, after what is believed to be the deadliest attack on American Jews in US history.

One count of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving use of a unsafe weapon and resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer.

Officials say Bowers, who is from Florida, called out "All Jews must die", before he fired at the worshippers in Tree of Life.

The controversial president - whose visit was met by large protests from Jews and non-Jews alike who argued he'd given license to anti-Semites like the one who carried out Saturday's attack - visited the shaken Jewish community of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill.

In addition to those killed, six people were injured, including four police officers before Mr Bowers surrendered to law enforcement.

A grand jury voted to indict Bowers on 44 counts, according to a filing in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Robert Bowers faces a litany of charges, for which Federal prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty. He told the judge that he understood the charges filed against him and that some could result in his execution.

Bowers remained jailed without bail ahead of an arraignment scheduled for Thursday.

Thousands of mourners jammed a synagogue, a Jewish community center and a third, undisclosed site for the first in a weeklong series of funerals for victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.

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If convicted, Bowers could face the death penalty.

Meanwhile, President Trump attacked the media again following massive protests in Pittsburgh during his visit to the Tree of Life synagogue Wednesday.

The approximately 40 high schoolers at the Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh attended Wednesday's funeral for Joyce Fienberg, whose niece used to teach at their school.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said the wife of Richard Gottfried, who was killed, wanted Trump to know there were people wanted him there.

More funerals for the shooting victims are planned in Pittsburgh in the coming days.

But another Squirrel Hill resident, Shayna Marcus, a Jewish 34-year-old nurse and Trump supporter who hoped to catch sight of the presidential motorcade, said: "I don't think focusing on Trump is the answer, or on politics".

It was the deadliest attack on Jewish people in American history.

"I was privileged to have a private 15 or 20 minutes with the family", Myers said. Despite the hellish tragedy, neither Myers nor any other Jewish leadership tried to forbid Trump from visiting Pittsburgh.

A woman reacts at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday's shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 29, 2018.

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