‘We’re going to help each other heal’: Squirrel Hill after the Tree of Life massacre

Two days after a gunman killed 11 people at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill, residents of the neighborhood spoke of healing, pain and solidarity.

Eleven candles glow in the window of Pinskers Judaica Center on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Photos by Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)

“It’s completely turned everything upside down.”

— Arlene Wolk

Leah Kamon (left) and Teddi Horvitz pay their respects at the synagogue.

“We can’t let one person destroy what has been here for so many years in this really tight-knit, family focused community.”

— Teddi Horvitz

The 61C Cafe in Squirrel Hill.

“We’re’ all about love and inclusiveness … so it’s really hard.”

— Leah Kamon

Keith Kaboly, manager of 61C Cafe.

“When you have that common struggle … that brings you together.”

— Keith Kaboly, manager of 61C Cafe

An employee at Murray Avenue Kosher.

“I think now we’re going to be a little bit more observant of everything that’s going on around us.”

— Saul Markovic, owner of Murray Avenue Kosher

Arlene Wolk.

“I can’t even describe to you how some of us feel.”

— Arlene Wolk

Matt O’Donnell of Monroeville says a prayer at a memorial in front of Tree of Life.

“No matter what anybody’s background, religion, race is, we’re all Pittsburghers.”

— Matt O’Donnell

James Tate.

“I don’t know how long it’s going to take for a lot of us to heal.”

— James Tate

Michael Milch.

“I think the response already, and is going to continue to be, one of solidarity.”

— Michael Milch

Sign on a business near the Murray Avenue intersection with Forbes Avenue.