Entertainers, athletes share their heartbreak over Tree of Life shootings
Condolences, prayers and calls to action to end senseless violence continue to pour in from around the world in the aftermath of the Oct. 27 mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill.
Actor Tom Hanks, who has been in Pittsburgh recently filming “You Are My Neighbor,” about children’s television pioneer and longtime Squirrel Hill resident Fred Rogers, was among the first to respond, retweeting a photo of a sign in front of Pittsburgh house that read “Love Thy Neighbor, No Exceptions.” Hanks had first tweeted the photo earlier in the month.
Again, to me this photo is the spirit of Pittsburgh- with a broken heart today for those in Squirrel Hill … Hanx pic.twitter.com/jeOiLGEVBc
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 27, 2018
Other celebrities and athletes also have been sharing what is on their hearts, including Kennedy Township native Michael Keaton:
They all hurt. Every one, every time, every where. This one? – really hurts pic.twitter.com/4VdnkWaaTD
— Michael Keaton (@MichaelKeaton) October 28, 2018
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To the Jewish community everywhere and for now especially for my people of the ‘burgh. Took me awhile to absorb or even talk about this one. Decided to hold back on my anger and take a breath. Heart breaking. So much to say but for now-you will never beat the people in Pittsburgh OR all the people in the world with an ounce of decency and fairness. You’ll NEVER beat me and there are a whole lot of me’s out there. As for the folks in Pittsburgh-we’ll show you who we are! For all the families, I’m sorry. For all the forces, agents, cops etc-thank you
Comedian and talk show host Seth Meyers, a Steelers, Pirates and Penguins fan, whose father hailed from Pittsburgh:
My heart goes out to Pittsburgh, a city that is near and dear to me.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) October 27, 2018
Steelers tight end Vance McDonald:
— Vance Coman McDonald (@VMcDonald89) October 29, 2018
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman:
My heart is broken for the families in Pittsburgh. It’s hard to even imagine such senselessness. As a Jew, an American and a human, I’m devastated. We are with you, Pittsburgh. #treeoflifesynagogue תַּנְחוּמִים
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) October 28, 2018
Entertainer Bette Midler:
To the families of those who died in the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, my deepest and sincere sympathies. This horror is escalating day by day. If only we had LEADERSHIP that would actually take steps to stop it.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 27, 2018
Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds:
— Terrell Edmunds (@rell_island6) October 27, 2018
Television and radio host Larry King:
So saddened by the mass shooting in Pittsburgh. Shame on any public servant who shrugs off another bloody atrocity, and shame on us if we allow them to. Wake up America. #GunControlNow #TreeOfLifeSynagogue
— Larry King (@kingsthings) October 27, 2018
Actor Henry Winkler:
#TreeOfLifeSynagogue MAY THE TREE OF LIFE , in your community, grow stronger and taller and in peace .. We Winklers , like the rest of the country , are heartbroken for ALL of you
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) October 27, 2018
Actor Jason Alexander:
There are no words. Or rather, there are words that would bring change, but our leaders don’t have the courage to say them. So, all we can do is say prayers. #TreeOfLifeSynagogue – our hearts continue to break.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) October 27, 2018
Singer and actress Sara Bareilles:
Landed in America and the news never ceases to break my heart. I am so sorry and angry that this happened. #TreeOfLifeSynagogue
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) October 27, 2018
Actress Jennifer Beals:
HEARTBREAKING. Who ARE we? My condolences go out to the victims’ families and the Tree of Life community. Thank you first responders for your bravery. #PittsburghSynagogueShooting https://t.co/dMDvEiFFxA
— Jennifer Beals (@jenniferbeals) October 27, 2018
Actor Joe Manganiello:
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) October 27, 2018
Steelers return specialist Ryan Switzer:
— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) October 28, 2018
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.