The government has begun the process of seeking the death penalty for the suspect accused of killing 11 worshipers during an anti-Semitic rampage on Sunday inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a report said.
The Saturday morning rituals were still under way at a synagogue in quiet Squirrel Hill when the shots rang out.
Earlier in the day Sunday, members of a Jewish group targeted by the shooter on social media said violence will not deter their mission.
"I think people in my community are scared right now. So they do not lock the door, and anybody can just walk in", said Marilyn Honigsberg, administrative assistant for New Light.
Scott Brady, the USA attorney in western Pennsylvania, told a news conference, "We are treating it as a hate crime". "And that's because of our first-responders", Pittsburgh resident Molly Butler told Global News. Authorities have said Bowers used an AR-15 rifle and three handguns in the attack, which also injured several police officers.
Suspect Robert Bowers, of suburban Baldwin, sustained multiple-shot injuries and was listed in fair condition at Allegheny General Hospital.
Rabinowitz had "a moral compass stronger than anyone I have ever known", a colleague said.
On top of Bowers's page, one quote said, "jews are the children of satan", according to screenshots of the now-suspended account released by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist views.
"For the last 35 years, my father Rabbi Alvin K Berkun has attended every Shabbat morning service at the Tree Of Life - Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh". Witnesses said that Bowers, as he entered the synagogue, shouted, "All these Jews must die!"
People in Jacksonville have come together to remember the victims and survivors of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
They ranged in age from 54 to 97, said Karl Williams, the county medical examiner. Wasi Mohamed, executive director of the Islamic Center for Pittsburgh, received a standing ovation after announcing that the Muslim community raised more than $70,000 in an online campaign on behalf of the Jewish community to help families affected in the shooting.
US President Donald Trump condemned the attack, calling it a "wicked act of mass murder", that is "pure evil", and "something that is unimaginable". We stand together with the American people in the face of this horrendous anti-Semitic brutality.
The oldest victim of the shooting inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh was 97, authorities have confirmed.
Scott Brady, US attorney for Pennsylvania's Western District, told reporters he could not say how long the investigation might take, but added, "We will spare no effort or resource in ensuring that the defendant is held fully accountable for his unspeakable and hateful crimes". "We must unite to conquer hate".
Ross said she grew up in Squirrel Hill, just a block away from the synagogue where the shooting took place.
Viola Davis sent her prayers to the synagogue, asking "Who are we?"
Pope Francis at the Vatican called the massacre an "inhuman act of violence".
HIAS stands for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which works to help resettle refugees in United States communities.