Rose Mallinger, a 97-year-old woman who rarely missed attending services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, was among 11 people killed in a massacre there on Saturday. According to The Forward, Mallinger’s daughter, 61-year-old Andrea Wedner, was wounded in the shooting also but is expected to recover.
Chuck Diamond, a former rabbi at the synagogue, told The Washington Post that Mallinger had been attending services for decades, and was always one of the first to arrive. She prepared breakfast for the other congregants. “She was just so full of life. She had so much energy,” Diamond said. “She was a synagogue-goer, and not everybody is. She’s gone to the synagogue for a lifetime, no matter how many people are there. I feel a part of me died in that building.”
“You’ve never met a more vivacious 97-year-old,” Brian Schreiber, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The gunman, Robert Bowers, is a 46-year-old with a history of posting anti-Semitic rants on the social platform Gab. He has been charged with 11 state counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault, 13 counts of ethnic intimidation, and 29 federal criminal counts. The Anti-Defamation League has said the shooting on Saturday was the deadliest attack against Jews in all of American history.
The names of the dead, who range in age from 54-97, were released by the chief medical examiner of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County. In addition to Rose Mallinger, they are:
Joyce Feinberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69
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Read more about the victims lives at The Washington Post.