Steelers mourn brothers killed in Pittsburgh synagogue whose sister worked for team

Before Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans paid tribute to the 11 lives lost in the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday.

The massacre took place in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill community, where Steelers coach Mike Tomlin resides.

“I’m a member of the Squirrel Hill community personally, and words cannot express how we feel as members of this community,” Tomlin said on Sunday.

Steelers attend Tuesday service for shooting victims

On Tuesday, several past and present members of the Steelers including Tomlin, owner Art Rooney II and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attended a funeral in Pittsburgh for Cecil and David Rosenthal, two the victims of Saturday’s shooting. 

Their sister Michele used to work for the Steelers as a community relations manager.

“It was tough. It was crazy tough, especially with Michele and the closeness we have with her,” quarterback Roethlisberger said after Sunday’s game. “We’re thankful for the victory, but we also understand there are bigger things — there’s life. I’m glad we could gift people three hours with a break.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger walks from Rodef Shalom Congregation during the funeral services for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The brothers were killed in the mass shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life synagogue. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Franco Harris(top-C), former American football Fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers departs the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers was held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - Much loved brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, inseparable in life as in death, were treasured members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, remembered as the sweetest souls and devoted to the synagogue where they were killed. The city on Tuesday bid farewell to the pair, who had developmental disabilites and reportedly lived together, in the first funerals for those killed in the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Franco Harris(top-C), former American football Fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers departs the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers was held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - Much loved brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, inseparable in life as in death, were treasured members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, remembered as the sweetest souls and devoted to the synagogue where they were killed. The city on Tuesday bid farewell to the pair, who had developmental disabilites and reportedly lived together, in the first funerals for those killed in the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Franco Harris, former American football Fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers arrives at the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers was held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will visit Pittsburgh on October 30, 2018 to show support after a gunman killed 11 people in a massacre at the synagogue on October 27, 2018. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger arrives outside the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers will be held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will visit Pittsburgh on October 30, 2018 to show support after a gunman killed 11 people in a massacre at the synagogue on October 27, 2018. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team arrive with others outside the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers will be held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will visit Pittsburgh on October 30, 2018 to show support after a gunman killed 11 people in a massacre at the synagogue on October 27, 2018. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team arrive with others outside the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers will be held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will visit Pittsburgh on October 30, 2018 to show support after a gunman killed 11 people in a massacre at the synagogue on October 27, 2018. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team arrive with others outside the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers will be held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will visit Pittsburgh on October 30, 2018 to show support after a gunman killed 11 people in a massacre at the synagogue on October 27, 2018. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team arrive with others outside the Rodef Shalom Congregation where the funeral for Tree of Life Congregation mass shooting victims Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal who are brothers will be held October 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will visit Pittsburgh on October 30, 2018 to show support after a gunman killed 11 people in a massacre at the synagogue on October 27, 2018. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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CNN reports that Franco Harris, Ryan Shazier, Joey Porter and Cameron Heyward were also among the 100 Steelers representatives at Tuesday’s services.

Penguins release tribute video

The Pittsburgh Penguins also joined in mourning the victims and propping up the city with a tribute video posted on Tuesday condemning intolerance.

It’s a familiar scene that sees an outpouring from the sports world in the wake of another mass shooting that impacts lives throughout the community.

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