US Muslim groups raise tens of thousands for synagogue shooting victims

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A crowdfunding campaign by two Muslim American groups has raised nearly $100,000 for the surviving victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the relatives of the 11 killed.

Thousands of people jammed an intersection amid light rain for a vigil Saturday evening for the victims of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue earlier in the day.

On Sunday, US authorities released the names of the 11 victims killed by suspected gunman Robert Bowers, including a husband and wife couple, and two brothers.

While some acknowledged the political undertones of the gathering, many, including 45-year-old Ira Piltz, said they were heartened to see such a large crowd come out to show their support for the Jewish community.

Bowers was charged Saturday night in a 29-count complaint, including obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, using a firearm to commit murder, weapons offenses and charges alleging Bowers seriously injured police officers.

"They didn't", Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

FBI Special Agent Robert Jones allege Bowers was armed with an assault rifle and three handguns.

Numerous speakers also addressed violence in Chicago, including last week's attack that injured six people leaving a funeral on the South Side. "But being here and having this vast support from israel behind us gives us so much hope is like shining a light on the darkness", she said.

Fatally, 88-year-old Melvin Wax, who was inside the closet, mistook the silence for safety and opened the closet door.

Peduto added: "I think we're dealing with an irrational person who acted irrationally and trying to create laws around that is not the way that we should govern".

Bowers was taken to a hospital where he was listed in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds. "And saying we will not be scared into our homes, but we will come together as a community", said Temple Emanu-El President Mike Sims.

David Rosenthal, 54, (brother of Cecil), of Squirrel Hill.

Eleven people were killed in Saturday's shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. "Screw your optics, I'm going in", Mr Bowers wrote on an online website before storming into the synagogue.

Some of the funds will be transferred as soon as today to the synagogue via the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

"You have to talk to them in a way they understand", he said.

The Anti-Defamation League called the shooting "likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States".

Since the time of the attack, several crowdfunding efforts started by Muslim Americans and an Iranian immigrant have raised more than $650,000 (Dh2.4 million) to help support the victims of the shooting.

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