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Accused Tree of Life gunman Robert Bowers to be arraigned Monday

Megan Guza
| Friday, February 8, 2019 6:16 p.m
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Robert D. Bowers

Accused Tree of Life gunman Robert Bowers will be arraigned on 63 charges Monday in federal court.

Bowers was originally indicted last year on 44 federal charges related to the Oct. 27 shooting that left 11 people dead inside the Squirrel Hill synagogue.

A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment Jan. 29 that added 19 new charges. Those charges included 13 hate crime-related charges and six corresponding firearms charges.

Twenty-two of the counts against Bowers are punishable by death.

Bowers allegedly targeted the synagogue because one the congregations housed there, Dor Hadash, hosted refugee-related events. The congregation was on a list published by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which Bowers allegedly railed against online, according to the indictment.

Shortly before the 9:45 a.m. massacre, Bowers allegedly posted to gab.com, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

The indictment also alleges Bowers made statements about his desire to “kill Jews” and had previously written on Gab that “Jews are the children of Satan.”


Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.


Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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