She Survived 97 Years. Then Came the Pittsburgh Shooter

Authorities release the names of all 11 victims, who ranged in age from 54 to 97
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2018 9:42 AM CDT
Synagogue Shooting Victim Was Holocaust Survivor
The FBI investigates after an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life Congregation on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. A shooter opened fire at the synagogue, killing multiple people and injuring others in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in US history.   (Andrew Stein/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

(Newser) – Rose Mallinger had reached the age of 97 when her life was ended by a gunman's bullets in Saturday's mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Authorities have identified all 11 victims, reports the AP, and they include a married couple, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, 84 and 86 respectively, and brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, 59 and 54. David Rosenthal was the youngest victim, notes People. The other victims include:

  • Joyce Fienberg, 75.
  • Richard Gottfried, 65.
  • Jerry Rabinowitz, 66.
  • Daniel Stein, 71.
  • Melvin Wax, 88. The retired accountant was described as a pillar of the congregation, who filled many roles, per the AP.
  • Irving Younger, 69.
The gunman apparently exploited a vulnerability at the synagogue. (An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Rose Mallinger was a Holocaust survivor.)

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