Statement from Duquesne University President Ken Gormley on the Shooting in Squirrel Hill

The Duquesne University community is devastated and terribly saddened over the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Many of our students, faculty, staff and administrators have friends and family in the congregation and in the neighborhood and have attended services there. My own family members live within blocks of this synagogue and I have attended services at this beautiful place of worship over the years. As a Catholic university, we are especially disturbed and disheartened that a religious institution was targeted. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the victims, police officers, members of the congregation and the entire Jewish community.

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