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Lawmakers to honor victims of Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 10, 2019 5:04 AM
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FILE PHOTO: This picture shows a painted rock in memory of Rose Mallinger, 97, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, to the 11 people killed during worship services Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Harrisburg) -- Victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 people last year will be remembered today during a memorial service in the state Capitol.

The unusual joint session is expected to bring together the House and the Senate for prayers and speeches about the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life in Squirrel Hill.

Members of the three congregations that were holding services that day are expected to attend.

A truck driver named Robert Bowers faces charges for the attack that could bring the death penalty.

Authorities say he expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage that also injured seven people.

The service comes a day after the Pittsburgh mayor signed new restrictions on firearms and accessories that were introduced weeks after the massacre.

The legislation was immediately challenged in court by gun rights advocates.

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