'This Is Us' pays emotional tribute to Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting victims

By Meaghan Wray

After a tragic shooting at a Pittsburgh Synagogue on Saturday (Oct. 27) claimed 11 lives and affected many others, TV shows like This Is Us, sports franchises like the Pittsburgh Penguins and other big names like Justin Trudeau, Ellen DeGeneres and more are paying tribute.

After its Tuesday night (Oct. 30) episode, the popular family series ended with a heartfelt message to those who lost their lives and were injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue, as the emotional drama is based in the Pennsylvania city. Dan Fogelman, the critically acclaimed show’s creator, took to Twitter to share the message, which read: “Our hearts are broken. We stand with our television hometown of Pittsburgh. To learn more about ending gun violence, visit everytown.org.” Stars of the show like Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson retweeted the message, adding their own comments on the tragedy.

Support for the victims has been pouring out after the scary incident, which saw a gunman open fire on worshipers during a Saturday service. The city’s hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, introduced a special patch on each jersey that reads “Stronger than Hate,” incorporating the Star of David within their team logo. Before their first game following the hateful attack, a video played to honour policemen Chief Scott Schubert, and officers Anthony Burke and Mike Smigda, who were wounded while saving lives that day.

Just across the border in Canada, the Prime Minister used his social media platform to share his sympathies with the city, writing: “Canadians’ hearts are with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh today, as they endured a horrific anti-Semitic attack while at prayer.” Other big names likeEllen, One Direction’s Niall Horan, Joe Manganiello, Bette Midler and more also reached out to offer condolences.

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