US President Donald Trump, shrugging off objections from some critics that he was unwelcome, on Tuesday (Oct 30) offered condolences at the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 Jewish worshipers were shot to death as thousands of mourners attended the first funerals for victims of the massacre. Also killed were Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; and Irving Younger, 69. Younger was one of the eleven victims killed in the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday. "I hope they didn't suffer much, and I miss them terribly". He could face the death sentence if found guilty.
Bowers' appearance in court came as funerals for three more victims were planned for Thursday. He had faced 29 counts.
Included are 11 counts each of obstruction of the free exercise of religious belief resulting in death and use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, a conviction on any of which could be punishable by death, according to the indictment.
He spoke little, other than to say he understood the charges against him, followed by entering a plea of "not guilty".
It is an uneasy visit for the president.
The Trump administration has rejected the notion that he has encouraged far-right extremists who have embraced him.
The controversial visit came after mourners crowded into nearby synagogues and joined street processions at the first funerals for some of the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in modern USA history.
The Pittsburgh massacre also has fuelled a debate over Donald Trump's rhetoric and his self-identification as a "nationalist".
Trump made no public comments during his visit, but wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning that his office had been "shown great respect on a very sad and solemn day" in Pittsburgh.
Peduto had urged Trump to postpone, arguing that the visit would take away attention and resources from the victims and their families and should not occur "while we are burying the dead".
"They were just wonderful, graceful people", Augie Siriano, a custodian at the synagogue, said.
"I was privileged to have a private 15 or 20 minutes with the family", said Jeffrey Myers. "He was always at the synagogue, always helping out".
Sylvan Simon and his wife, Bernice Simon, were killed in the same synagogue where they married in December 1956, The Tribune-Review reported.
"She was an engaging, elegant, and warm person", the center said on Facebook.