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Pittsburgh Sports Teams Join in the Mourning After Synagogue Shooting

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A gunman walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday and opened fire, killing at least 11 people and injuring several others, according to KDKA-TV.

Police sources were quoted as saying the man entered the building and yelled, “All Jews must die.”

It was a horrific moment of pure evil that shattered the peace of a fall Saturday morning in Western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh’s sports teams were there on Twitter this morning, offering thoughts and prayers for the victims and reminding us of what’s good in the world even as the news tries so hard to show us what isn’t.

From the Pirates …

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… to the Penguins …

… to the Steelers …

… a message of hope and healing reached the wider world.

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Pittsburgh was the hometown of Fred Rogers, possibly the nicest man who ever walked the Earth.

Pittsburgh carries the legacy of everything that made America glorious as the iron and coal of the Midwest got turned into the steel that built cars in Detroit and the military hardware that gave the last guy who condoned broad violence against Jewish people an American-sized punch in the mouth in World War II.

And in the revival of the city over the past decade, its economy springing back to life, Pittsburgh is the heart and soul of everything that, regardless of your politics, is a sign of the America that was seemingly left behind in the bust of the 1970s that coined the epithet “Rust Belt” being made great again.

There is good in Pittsburgh, far more good than evil.

And the city’s sports teams were there to remind us all just how powerful that good can be.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
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Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
Location
Seattle, Washington
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English
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Sports




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