Photo courtesy the Simon family
Sylvan and Bernice Simon
Alleged shooter Robert Bowers killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday in Squirrel Hill. The congregants were attending a bris, and among the victims were Bernice and Sylvan Simon.
Many family members of the victims have remained quiet in their time of mourning. This mass shooting is believed to the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Bernice and Sylvan Simon were 84 and 86 years old respectively. They were married at Tree of Life 62 years ago. Their children wanted to share their feelings about the death of Bernice and Sylvan. A statement from the children was sent to City Paper
from KDKA, who asked CP
to share it here:
"Our lives were forever shattered on the morning of October 27, 2018 when our beloved Mother and Father were senselessly, brutally, and savagely murdered at Tree of Life Congregation along with nine other fellow congregants.
Our parents did everything together as a married couple. They were deeply in love with each other and persevered in the tragic loss of a son in 2010. As long-time and deeply-rooted Pittsburgh residents, their life together began 62 years ago and forever ended last Saturday in the exact same chapel where they were wed. What my mother and father witnessed and endured is utterly unspeakable.
We had plans to meet at their home in the afternoon to celebrate my sister’s birthday. This family event would never occur. Our brother had plans to visit in the coming week from the West Coast, but now he will arrive for our parents' funerals.
Thank you to the entire law enforcement community for their bravery in preventing further carnage. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring from the entire support-system afforded to us and others in the community during this very difficult time. The FBI, Pittsburgh Police Department, Pittsburgh, state, and federal government agencies, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and various business merchants did and continue to perform outreach, assistance, and comfort to all those hurting. Their and the entire community’s outpouring of unselfish assistance, sympathy, kindness, and understanding during this difficult time are greatly appreciated. With time, comes healing. We as a caring community, will only grow stronger."