Anti-Semite accused of killing 11 in U.S. synagogue shooting pleads not guilty

Robert Bowers the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday Oct. 27

Robert Bowers the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday Oct. 27

Included are 11 counts each of obstruction of the free exercise of religious belief resulting in death and use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, a conviction on any of which could be punishable by death, according to the indictment.

Bowers was injured during a shootout with police after he opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday.

The massacre is believed to be the deadliest attack against Jews in U.S. history.

Authorities have not said whether Bowers - who was wounded during the gun battle with police responding to the synagogue - is cooperating with investigators or detailed what he may have told them.

The accused gunman, Robert Bowers, 46, was charged on Monday with 29 federal felony counts, including hate crimes, and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Bowers remained jailed without bail.

But Trump came anyway, on the same day as the first funerals for the victims. They came for the funerals of three well-liked figures and some came to shout at the President to tell him he was unwelcome in this city still in grief.

Protestors made it clear that Donald Trump wasn't welcome in Pittsburgh after the president ignored requests to postpone a trip to visit the Tree of Life Synagogue, and showed up anyway.

Additional funerals are planned Wednesday and Thursday.

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The third day of funerals for the victims will begin, with one celebrating the lives of Bernice and Sylvan Simon, while the funeral for Richard Gottfried is set for later Thursday afternoon.

One last issue: if you want to help the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue recover, GoFundMe has a verified account for the victims. They locked in place as no one yet knew if the shooting was part of a broader, coordinated attack on Jews.

"I was privileged to have a private 15 or 20 minutes with the family", said Jeffrey Myers. Trump is expected to meet with first responders and community leaders.

The attack, following a wave of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and other Trump critics, has heightened national tensions days ahead of USA congressional elections on Tuesday that will decide whether President Donald Trump loses the Republican majority he now enjoys in the Senate and House.

People pray at a makeshift memorial near the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31, 2018.

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Just minutes before the synagogue attack, the shooter apparently took to social media to rage against HIAS, a Jewish organization that resettles refugees under contract with the United States government.

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