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October 29, 2018 11:23 am

Empire State Building Goes Dark in Memory of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims

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The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Photo: Reuters / John Altdorfer.

The lights of the Empire State Building in New York City were turned off on Sunday night in honor of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, which took place a day earlier.

The building went dark but displayed an orange mast, “shining a light on gun violence awareness,” according to the building’s Twitter account. The color orange is used by many gun control advocates to symbolize the issue of gun violence.

This is not the first time the Empire State Building went dark in recent years to commemorate the victims of a mass shooting. The lights were also turned off in October 2017 after 58 people were killed at a Las Vegas music festival, and again in February of this year when 17 people were killed at a Florida high school. It has also previously shown an orange mast as a sign of solidarity with anti-gun violence protesters across the US.

A total of 11 mostly elderly victims were killed in Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. Six people, including four police officers, were wounded before the suspect, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, was arrested. Two of the surviving victims remain hospitalized in critical condition.

The massacre was the deadliest attack on America’s Jewish community in US history, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

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