Minutes before kicking off against AFC North rivals Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers held a moment of silence at Heinz Field, located just six miles from the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue over the weekend.
The Steelers earlier changed their three-star online logo to include a Jewish star and words “Stronger than hate.”
Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement before the game that the team was offering its support and condolences to families of victims.
“Our hearts are heavy, but we must stand against anti-Semitism and hate crimes or any nature and come together to preserve our values and our community,” the statement said. “With that in mind we will ask everyone to join in a moment of silence and prayer prior to our game this afternoon.”
Nobody ever thinks it will happen at home. Today it happened near my home, in my city, to my people. Pittsburgh is resilient. Pittsburgh is strong.???????????? #StrongerThanHate pic.twitter.com/dIPkX29m0L
— Rachele Mongiovi (@4RacheleM) October 27, 2018
There were other such tributes at NFL games elsewhere Sunday.
Eight men and three women were murdered inside the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. The names of the victims, which included a pair of developmentally disabled brothers and a married couple, were released Sunday.
Dr. Karl Williams, chief medical examiner for Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, named the victims as Joyce Feinberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Rose Mallinger, 97; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Cecil Rosenthal, 59; David Rosenthal, 54; Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 86; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; and Irving Younger, 69.
David and Cecil Rosenthal were brothers, and Bernice and Sylvan Simon were husband and wife.
The Steelers and Browns stood together for a moment of silence to honor the victims of yesterday's tragedies. pic.twitter.com/Fy4fmJxbvu
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 28, 2018
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto called the slayings the “darkest day of Pittsburgh’s history.”
The Eiffel Tower will go dark at midnight on Sunday “to honor victims of the anti-Semitic attack” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paris Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter.
“I express my support for the Jewish community and all of Pittsburgh’s inhabitants,” she added.
In Jerusalem, the Israeli and American flags were projected onto the walls of the Old City, along with a message reading “We are with you — Pittsburgh!”
Dozens of people also gathered at Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem where they lit candles in a memorial dedicated to the Pittsburgh victims.