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Remembering the lives lost in the Tree of Life massacre

A doctor known for compassionate care of HIV patients early in the AIDS crisis. A “vivacious” 97-year-old. Brothers who “looked out for one another.” A new grandfather. A youth baseball coach. A dentist who volunteered at free clinics. For Pittsburgh’s Jewish community, Tuesday marked the beginning of shiva, a somber seven days of mourning for the 11 people killed in Saturday's synagogue shooting.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    As Yamiche Alcindor noted earlier, funerals have began for several of the Pittsburgh shooting victims.

    We take a moment now to remember the 11 who died, with memories from the friends and family they leave behind.

    Jerry Rabinowitz was a 66-year-old primary care physician known for his compassionate work in treating HIV patients early during the AIDS crisis, and throughout his career.

    His nephew said on Facebook: "If there was one message he would have wanted us to take away from the tragedy, it would be a message of love, unity and of strength and resilience of the Jewish people."

    Brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, both in their '50s, had developmental disabilities and were fixtures at the synagogue for decades.

    ACHIEVA, a group that works with people with disabilities, issued a statement mourning the Rosenthals: "Cecil's laugh was infectious. David was so kind and had such a gentle spirit. Together, they looked out for one another."

    Bernice and Sylvan Simon were married at Tree of Life congregation in 1956. They were 84 and 86 years old. As The Pittsburgh Gazette puts it: "The Simons were always ready to help others and they always did it with a smile."

    Melvin Wax, 88, was a father and grandfather. His sister-in-law, Bonnie, lives right down the street from Tree of Life. She heard the sirens before she knew of a shooting. "He had his perfect mind. He was very close to his kids and grandchild."

    Daniel Stein was a 71-year-old who loved going to the synagogue and playing with his grandson. He traveled with his wife in retirement and had just become a grandfather last year. "Our lives now are going to have to take a different path, one that we thought wouldn't happen for a long time," his son wrote.

    Sixty-nine-year-old Irving Youngner ran a real estate business and was a youth baseball coach. Younger's neighbor told reporters he was an usher at the synagogue who never missed a day.

    Richard Gottfried, 65, met his wife at the University of Pittsburgh. The pair were married in 1980 and would go on to open a dentistry practice together. Dr. Gottfried was a regular volunteer at free dental clinics, offering care to adults in need.

    Rose Mallinger was the oldest victim of Saturday's massacre. Her daughter, Andrea, was among the wounded, but is expected to recover, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

    Friends of Rose told the newspaper, "You have never met a more vivacious 97-year-old. She was just so full of life."

    And Joyce Feinberg was a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center for more than 25 years. In a statement, the center called her "a cherished friend and the proud grandmother to her grandchildren." She was 75 years old.

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