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October 29, 2018 - 11:10 AM

A couple kneels before a memorial at Murray and Wilkins avenues on Sunday in Pittsburgh, Pa. The memorial was for the 11 people that were killed at the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As Barry Werber walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue, he passed a cart carrying glassware and whiskey meant for the baby-naming ceremony scheduled at Dor Hadash, one of three small congregations that worship there.

He went downstairs, where his New Light Congregation meets, and found only a few people gathered. Melvin Wax, 88, was chatting up front with David Rosenthal, who had intellectual disabilities and spent hours helping out there. Rosenthal soon went upstairs for his own service at Tree of Life.

Two other men, Daniel Stein and Richard Gottfried, were checking on food supplies in the kitchen for the breakfast New Light planned to host.

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