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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the verdict in the penalty phase of the trial for the person responsible for the Pittsburgh synagogue attack:

“Today closes a painful chapter in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, but our work to honor the victims, and to root out antisemitism, must never end. Five years ago, fueled by hatred and bigotry, a shooter targeted worshippers observing Shabbat morning services in the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in our Nation’s history. Eleven people were killed, six more were injured, and three congregations lost their house of worship. We can never bring back those 11 lives or forget the senseless attack on our Jewish community, but we can honor the victims and stand with our Jewish community by working every day to call out and end hatred and bigotry wherever we find it.

“Today, I am praying for the families of Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. May their memories be for a blessing.”