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Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting trial begins: What to know

Members of all three congregations were killed in the attack. The victims are Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Ross Mullinger, 97; Daniel Stein, 71; Vin Vacks, 87; Owen Younger, 69; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Bernice, 84, and Sylvan Simon, 87; and brother Cecil, 59 and David Rosenthal, 54.

Six people were injured, including four police officers.

The attack sparked shock and outrage around the world and brought people from across Pittsburgh’s religious communities together in support of the attacked congregation. Some members of Dor Hadash created a nonprofit to lobby for new gun laws. The Tree of Life building, vacant for years after the Holocaust, is being redesigned by architect Daniel Libeskind and will soon be home to a new organization dedicated to ending anti-Semitism. Members of the Tree of Life congregation gathered in the synagogue garden on Sunday to bid farewell to their old building.

Mr. Powers grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, raised by his mother and extended family. As a child, his estranged father was accused of raping a woman in the same neighborhood where a mass shooting would later take place, and killed himself before trial.

After high school, Mr. Bowers worked as a delivery driver for a bakery and later as a long-haul truck driver. He tinkers with electronics, works on the website of a conservative talk radio show, and, according to neighbors, spends most of his time alone, at least in the offline world.

Online, he was a prolific and vicious presence on right-wing forums, chatting and retweeting prominent white supremacists and being particularly vitriolic toward immigrants and Jews in his own posts.

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