Vigil held for victims of mass shooting in Pittsburgh synagogue

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PITTSBURGH, PA -- (AP) The country is mourning the victims of the deadly mass shooting in Pittsburgh Saturday.

Huge crowds attended an outdoor vigil in Squirrel Hill to mourn the loss of the 11 killed at the Temple of Life Synagogue.

Many others were hurt. Robert Bowers has been identified as the suspect and is in police custody.

"We have to stop it. Our leaders have to stop it. It takes leadership to stop this and our leaders are not stopping it. It's too much. We're a civilized society. We have to stay civilized," said Linda Martin, a neighborhood resident.

A second vigil is scheduled for Sunday, where there will be a candle lighting and laying of roses for each of the victims.

President Donald Trump has ordered flags at federal buildings throughout the United States to be flown at half-staff in "solemn respect" for the shooting victims.

Trump issued the proclamation late Saturday, shortly after returning to Washington from speaking at the Future Farmers of America convention in Indianapolis and a campaign rally in Murphysboro, Illinois.

Throughout the day, he expressed sorrow, called for justice and bemoaned hate, getting regular updates on the shooting. But he also campaigned for candidates and took shots at favorite Democratic targets. Trump said cancelling his appearance would make "sick, demented people important."

In the proclamation, Trump called for the flags to be lowered until Oct. 31. Earlier in the day he told reporters he would travel to Pittsburgh, but offered no details.