The Jewish community saw the deadliest attack in American history on Saturday when a suspected gunman shot and killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The families of the victims have now found support from a Muslim American group that has raised over $125,000 through a crowdfunding campaign, according to NBC News.
The money is meant to help families with their medical bills, and funeral and other expenses, organizer CelebrateMercy told NBC.
“We’re really hoping to help the community that’s suffering,” Tarek El-Messidi, CelebrateMercy’s founding director told the news organization. “We’re hoping to inspire more interfaith collaboration and peace.”
Leader of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh announces Muslim community has raised more than $70,000 for synagogue attack victims and their families.
"We just want to know what you need … If it's people outside your next service protecting you, let us know. We'll be there." pic.twitter.com/D2UyNzBFHx
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Law enforcement claims that Robert Bowers, 46, went into the Tree of Life synagogue and fired into the congregation while shouting anti-Semitic remarks such as “All Jews must die.” He was charged with 29 federal charges and could face the death penalty.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.