Steelers honor synagogue shooting victims before game

The yellow symbol in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ logo was turned into a Star of David in a banner at the football team’s Heinz Field home turf Sunday to honor the victims of Saturday’s massacre at a local synagogue.

The team’s revamped logo, which was also shared widely on the Internet, was paired with the phrase: “Stronger than hate” — a declaration made by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on NBC on Sunday morning.

In a statement issued before Sunday’s game between the Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Steelers owner Art Rooney II said: “Our hearts are heavy, but we must stand against anti-Semitism and hate crimes of any nature and come together to preserve our values and our community.”

A moment of silence for the 11 victims killed in the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill was held before the game. One child in the stands wore the altered logo as a patch on his jersey.

There also was a moment of silence at MetLife Stadium before the New York Giants played the Washington Redskins.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox had honored the victims with a moment of silence, too, before Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday evening.

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