2 synagogue shooting victims to be laid to rest

Two more victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will be laid to rest Wednesday.

Friends and family will gather Wednesday morning at separate funerals to remember Joyce Fienberg, 75, and Melvin Wax, 88, both among the 11 worshippers gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday.

Fienberg, a former research specialist, is survived by her two sons and grandchildren. Her husband, “internationally acclaimed statistician” Stephen Fienberg, died in 2016.

“My mother-in-law was one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met,” her daughter-in-law, Marnie Fienberg, told ABC News.

Joyce Fienberg’s most important relationships were the ones she had with her six grandchildren, who range in age from 15 to 8, her daughter-in-law said.

“She made a point of mastering social media very early so she could stay in touch with these kids,” Marnie Fienberg said. “Each one of them had a one-on-one relationship with her. She knew what was going on in their days; she was so involved. She really was an amazing, amazing grandmother.”

Melvin Wax, a retired accountant, was a fixture of the Tree of Life congregation, friend Myron Snider told The Associated Press.

Wax was known for being one of the few people who always showed up to services early, Marilyn Honigsberg told the AP.

“If somebody didn’t come that was supposed to lead services, he could lead the services and do everything. He knew how to do everything,” Snider told the AP.

Wax’s wife, Sandra, died in 2016.

Snider recalled that when he recently spent six weeks in the hospital for pneumonia, Wax “called my wife to get my phone number in the hospital so he could talk to me. … Just a sweet, sweet guy.”

President Donald Trump and the first lady, joined by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, visited the synagogue Tuesday afternoon.

The president placed stones, as part of Jewish tradition, and white roses on the Stars of David set up in a makeshift memorial for those killed.

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers — who escaped the gunfire Saturday — greeted the president outside the Tree of Life as protesters gathered nearby.

Thousands of people from different faiths, apparently united in anger, marched toward the synagogue.

“Words have meaning!” some neighbors screamed toward the president’s envoy.

After visiting the synagogue, the president and first lady went to a hospital where they met police officers who were wounded in the attack and medical staff.

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