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Your Daily Spiel for October 29

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Members of the Squirrel Hill community in Pittsburgh come together for a student-organized candle vigil in remembrance of those who were killed earlier in the day during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue there, Oct. 27. (Dustin Franz/AFP/Getty Images/JTA)

On Saturday night, thousands of people, Jews and non-Jews, packed into the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Murray Avenue, just feet away from the Pittsburgh Jewish Community Center, the heart of the Jewish community, to mourn the loss of the 11 murdered people at The Tree of Life Congregation. The vigil was planned by a group of high school students from the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh nearby.

The Pittsburgh Steelers held a moment of silence at their home field in honour of the victims of the shooting at The Tree of Life Congregation, prior to the start of their game against the Cleveland Browns. On Saturday, following the shooting, the team’s logo was edited to include a Star of David, next to the words, “Stronger Than Hate.”

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, will visit Jordan, Israel and the West Bank from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. Freeland will begin her visit in Jordan, where she will have an audience with King Abdullah II. She will also meet with Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan, and will visit a Canadian-funded project that supports women’s health and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

In a press conference on Friday, Sherman family lawyer Brian Greenspan announced that a $10 million reward is now being offered for any “information leading to the apprehension and prosecution of those responsible for the [Barry and Honey Sherman] murders.” Any information collected will be analyzed by an independent panel of experts and the amount paid will be based on how much the information contributes to the apprehension and prosecution of a suspect.