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

Jason Owens

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.

Ben Roethlisberger was one of 100 reported current and former members of the Steelers to attend services for victims of Saturday’s shooting. (AP)
Ben Roethlisberger was one of 100 reported current and former members of the Steelers to attend services for victims of Saturday’s shooting. (AP)

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.”

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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