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Trump visits Pittsburgh to console but stirs anger among protesters

Trump visits Pittsburgh to console but stirs anger among protesters

The charges include 11 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and 11 counts of use and discharge of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Funerals will be held for Sylvan Simon (86) his wife, Bernice (84) and for Richard Gottfried (65) who were killed on Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill district in the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

The massacre is believed to be the deadliest attack against Jews in United States history.

This courtroom sketch depicts Robert Gregory Bowers, who was wounded in a gun battle with police as he appeared in a wheelchair at federal court on October 29, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

This courtroom sketch depicts Robert Bowers as he appeared in a wheelchair in federal court on Monday.

Robert Bowers faces a litany of charges, for which Federal prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty. He responded "yes" that he understood the penalties of the charges, and his public defender, Michael J. Novara, entered a plea of not guilty, "as is typical", he said.

Bowers espoused violent anti-Semitism and hate for immigrants online ahead of his rampage Saturday.

The court hearing comes the same day that crowds of mourners will lay more victims to rest and as their memorials continue to grow.

As the president was driven through Pittsburgh, some bystanders made obscene gestures to his motorcade and thumbs-down gestures, reports AP news agency.

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Trump faces an uneasy welcome on Tuesday in the anguished community of Squirrel Hill, home to the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people were gunned down during Sabbath services.

Additional funerals are planned Wednesday and Thursday. "So - and I really look forward to going - I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt anymore".

Leaders of a private Jewish academy in Squirrel Hill, near Saturday's massacre, are keeping close watch on their students as they try to process the anti-Semitic attack that left 11 people dead.

The victims have been identified as David Rosenthal, 54, Cecil Rosenthal, 59, Richard Gottfried, 65, Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Irving Younger, 69, Daniel Stein, 71, Joyce Fienberg, 75, Melvin Wax, 88, Bernice Simon, 84, Sylvan Simon, 86 and Rose Mallinger, 97.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump came to Pittsburgh to pay respects.

Meanwhile, grieving family and friends are continuing to gather at ongoing funerals for the slain worshippers.

"I do believe it would be best to put the attention on the families this week and if he were to visit, choose a different time", Peduto said.

Mr Trump's visit was met with outrage from thousands of protestors, who took to the streets to march against the US President's arrival.