PITTSBURGH, Pa. — One of the 11 people shot and killed in a synagogue Saturday was a West Virginia Wesleyan graduate, a school official said.
Dan Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, Pa., was a 1969 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wesleyan Vice President for Advancement Bob Skinner posted on Facebook Sunday.
“The Pittsburgh shooting is a heartbreaking story. It also hits home as Daniel Stein, a 1969 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, was one of the 11 victims of the senseless act of violence,” Skinner wrote. “Daniel was a wonderful human being and loyal alum. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the families of other victims of this tragedy.”
According to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Stein once served as president of New Light Congregation, one of the Jewish congregations that worshipped regularly at The Tree of Life Synagogue where the mass shooting took place.
“He was always willing to help anybody,” Stein’s nephew Steven Halle told the newspaper. “He was somebody that everybody liked, very dry sense of humor and recently had a grandson who loved him.”
Federal prosecutors have charged alleged gunman Robert Bowers with Stein’s murder and the deaths of the other 10 victims.
According to authorities the victims were gathered for worship Saturday morning when Bowers barged into the synagogue and began shooting. He was later shot and injured by police.