The Latest: Suspect’s father killed self amid ’79 rape case

The Latest on the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man believed to be the father of the synagogue massacre suspect killed himself while out on bail in a 1979 rape case.

Court files and news clips show 27-year-old Randall Bowers had been charged with abducting a young woman as she left a pizza shop, forcing her to drive him to a place where he then sexually assaulted her. ?

Court papers say he was released on $5,000 bail signed by his mother, a hospital supervisor in California. ?

The file is being released Friday with the victim’s name redacted after a court hearing sought by media groups covering the massacre.

Forty-six-year-old Robert Bowers has pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges that accuse him of killing 11 people and injuring six others as they worshipped at the Tree of Life synagogue.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that divorce records suggest Randall Bowers was his father.

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3:05 p.m.

The oldest of the 11 worshippers gunned down at their synagogue has been remembered at the final funeral this week in Pittsburgh.?

Rabbi Aaron Bisno says the injured daughter of 97-year-old Rose Mallinger attended Friday’s funeral with a nurse. The 61-year-old daughter has been hospitalized since the massacre Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Mallinger’s family says the synagogue was the center of Mallinger’s “very active life.” They say she retained her intelligence and sharp wit until the end.

The three congregations that used the Tree of Life synagogue plan a joint Shabbat service at another temple Saturday, while a prayer vigil is planned outside their desecrated house of worship.

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11:25 a.m.

More good news for the two most seriously injured victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said Friday that both men have been moved out of the intensive care unit. Hospital officials say a 70-year-old man has been upgraded from critical to stable condition. A 40-year-old police officer remains in stable.

The officer was previously identified as Timothy Matson, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The wounded congregant is Daniel Leger, a nurse and hospital chaplain.

A 61-year-old woman also remains hospitalized. UPMC says she’s in stable condition.

The weekend massacre at Tree of Life synagogue killed 11 and wounded six, including four police officers.

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1 a.m.

A 97-year-old woman who was the oldest victim of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will be laid to rest Friday at the end of a wrenching, series of funerals.

Rose Mallinger was among 11 victims gunned down in the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. Her daughter was wounded in the attack at Tree of Life synagogue.

The Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday as thousands of mourners attended services for a beloved doctor and two brothers. The funerals have continued each day since.

The suspect has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that could result in a death sentence. Authorities say Robert Bowers raged against Jews during and after the massacre. He remains jailed.

Mallinger had attended Tree of Life for more than 60 years. Her family says it was the “center of her very active life.”

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