Officials mark mark 3 years since a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue, killing 11 people

Written by on October 28, 2021

 Officials mark mark 3 years since a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue, killing 11 people

By Julia Zenkevich / WESA

October 28, 2021

Pennsylvania legislators remember the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27,2021, the third anniversary of the hate crime. (File)

Three years ago, a gunman opened fire at the  Tree of Life Synagogue, killing 11 people and wounding six others. Yesterday state officials honored those who were lost.

At a state Senate commemoration of the shooting, senators remembered the victims of the attack with remarks on the senate floor.

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Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) condemned the violent attack and the effects on Jewish communities across the country.

She asked people to remember that the region is “stronger than hate.”

“So, let’s not forget those words and let’s never forget the violence and the families and friends that were affected so horribly that day,” she said.

At the end of the event, Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) held a moment of silence in memory of the 11 people who were killed.

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