The Pittsburgh Penguins honored the victims of Saturday’s synagogue shooting at Tuesday night’s game, where two police officers wounded in the anti-Semitic attack took part in a ceremonial puck drop.
Hero officers Anthony Burke and Mike Smigda received a standing ovation from a somber yet inspired crowd as they walked to the center of the ice while Coldplay’s A Sky Full Of Stars soundtrack played in PPG Paints Arena.
Pittsburgh police Chief Scott Schubert followed behind the officers, bearing the American flag colored black and blue to commemorate the 11 lives lost in the deadly synagogue attack that targeted Jews.
Burke and Smigda were among the six officers wounded while attempting to stop gunman Robert Bowers, 46, Saturday when he opened fire at the Tree of Life in Squirrel Hill.
Officer Anthony Burke and Officer Mike Smidga drop a ceremonial puck before the game between Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders prior to the game Tuesday
The officers, wounded in Saturdays attack at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, took part in a ceremony at PPG Paints Arena on October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh honoring victims
The remaining officers wounded were identified as John Persin, Tyler Pashel, Dan Mead and Tim Matson.
Following the sick massacre, the perpetrator told authorities that Jews ‘were committing genocide and they should all die.’
The shooting claimed the lives of 11 worshippers: Joyce Fienberg, 75, Richard Gottfried, 65, Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Cecil Rosenthal, 59, David Rosenthal, 54, Bernice Simon, 84, Sylvan Simon, 86, Daniel Stein, 71, Melvin Wax, 88, Rose Mallinger, 97, and 69-year-old Irving Younger.
Smigda was released from the hospital Saturday. Burke was newly released and pictured at the ceremony wearing an arm cast.
Burke and Smigda saluted the crowd ahead of the Penguins and New York Islanders game.
The team held an 11-second moment of silence prior in memory of the 11 victims.
Burke (left) and Timothy Matson (right) were two of the six police officers wounded in Saturday’s mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
John Persin, another wounded officer, was treated and released from the hospital
Penguins players wore a special ‘Stronger than Hate’ patch, which incorporated the team logo and Star of David, and the Islanders wore a similar decal on their helmets.
A black and white silhouette of the city with the words ‘Stronger than Hate’ flashed on the scoreboard during the pregame ceremony, while a video tribute played prior to faceoff.
The Penguins’ jerseys were signed and will be auctioned in an effort to raise money and support victims and families of the shooting.
An estimated 4000 people gathered Tuesday to march for solidarity in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood
The march was in support of the victims of the Tree of Life mass shooting October 27, 2018
The demonstrators held up signs ‘We Do Bridges, Not Walls’ and ‘Stand With Love Against Hate’ as well as ‘Nazi Trump F*** Off’
The team also held a blood drive and donated to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
A fund had been established by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Safety to benefit the officers wounded.
Earlier Tuesday, roughly 4000 people marched in solidarity of the hate attack during President Trump’s visit.
The demonstrators held up signs ‘We Do Bridges, Not Walls’ and ‘Stand With Love Against Hate’ as well as ‘Nazi Trump F*** Off,’ to name a few.
Thousands of people gathered in Pittsburgh where President Donald Trump was visiting Tuesday
Demonstrators held up a variety of signs at the march for solidarity
Another sign at the march Tuesday said ‘President Hate… Leave Our State!!’