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Roethisberger, Teammates Attend Funeral For Victims Of Synagogue Shooting

'You never think it’s going to happen in your city and then you get word that you know somebody who potentially had family there'

October 30, 2018 - 11:32 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The tragedy in Squirrel Hill has been on everybody’s mind since Saturday morning. Ben Roethlisberger began his show Tuesday talking about the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

He and other Steelers attended a memorial service early Tuesday at the Rodef Shalom Congregation  to support their friend Michele Rosenthal, the team’s former community relations manager who lost two brothers during the shooting two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal.

“It has been a tough morning, a lot of people there, a lot of people coming up to show their support not just for her but for this community and it’s just nice to see but it’s still tough.”

Roethlisberger says the team found out about the shooting after the morning walk through and he spend most of Saturday trying to piece together the details just like everyone else and did a lot of head shaking.

“You never think it’s going to happen in your city and then you get word that you know somebody who potentially had family there and then there’s still a lot of questions because there were no real answers coming to us.

Roethlisberger says he found out just before coach Tomlin spoke on Saturday evening and that he honestly doesn’t remember what Tomlin said Saturday.

“I hate to admit this but I have to be honest, I received a text from Brett Keisel. Coach Tomlin’s meeting starts at 9. The only reason I knew it, I had my Apple watch on and it vibrated and I looked at it and Keisel texted me about Michelle’s brothers and that’s when the word came through. I’ll be brutally honest, I kind of broke down right there and I don’t really remember what coach Tomlin said. I was so overwhelmed with emotion and caught up because Michelle is such a dear friend. Honestly, I don’t even remember what he said because I was just in prayer and in thought and [had] a heavy heart for Michelle.”   ​

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