Robert Bowers was charged with 44 charges


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Robert Bowers is accused of criticizing anti-Semitic patches during the Pittsburgh fire brigade. Neighbors describe the 46-year-old as "unremarkably normal."
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The man charged with gunfire at a Pittsburgh concert, left 11 dead, was accused of 44 crimes, including hate crimes, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Robert Bowers, 46, has a preliminary hearing on Thursday. It could face the death penalty.

"Today begins the process of seeking justice for the victims of these hate acts and cure for the families of the victims, the Jewish community and our city," said prosecutor Scott Brandy in a statement. "Our office will not provide resources and will work with professionalism, integrity and diligence in a way that commemorates the memories of the victims."

The announcement came as a funeral continued on Wednesday for the victims of the massacre and the sad community struggled to face.

Melvin Wax, 87, Irving Younger, 69, and Joyce Fienberg, 75, were left to rest in a weekly series of services.

"It can not be corrected," said Robert Libman at the funeral of Fienberg, his sister. "My sister is dead, my sister was murdered, there was no one to know it, good kindness … It was the most tolerant and noble person I've ever known.

Her sons, Anthony of Paris and Howard of Vienna, Virginia, said they spent five years caring for their father as they fought cancer. After his death a few years ago, he devoted more time and energy to the Tree of Life.

"My mom would be very angry that her funeral was not able to be in the Tree of Life and that her friends who lost on Saturday could not be here," said Howard Fienberg.

The authorities say that a heavily armed Bowers entered the Synod of the Tree of Life in the wealthy area of ​​Squirrel Hill in the city on Saturday morning as the services begin. He shouted anti-Semitic patches and started to spin.

In addition to those who were killed, two were injured in the synagogue. The police arrived and four policemen and Bowers were injured in a shot.

Bowers was released from hospital before his first event on Monday. He appeared in court in a wheelchair and was unguarded for the fatal attack on the Jewish community in US history.

Bradley said he was seeking approval by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pursue a lawsuit on the death penalty against Bowers.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited the city and greeted hundreds of protesters. The president honored a Jewish custom by placing stones on monuments outside the synagogue. Inside, the president and first lady, Melania Trump, lit candles in honor of the dead, said the White House.

Contribution: The Associated Press

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