Fragile X Brothers Two of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Victims

David and Cecil Rosenthal Fragile X Brothers killed at Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Our hearts are broken for everyone affected by the horrible tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. This one hits very close to home as two of the victims, the Rosenthal brothers, Cecil and David had Fragile X syndrome.

“Cecil’s laugh was infectious,” said Chris Schopf, Achieva’s vice president of residential supports. He added, “David was so kind and had such a gentle spirit. Together, they looked out for one another. They were inseparable. Most of all, they were kind, good people with a strong faith and respect for everyone around.”

Stephanie Shropshire, a friend of the brothers, described them as a pillar of the community. She was with Cecil a few days prior and he was excited about a trip to Florida for Thanksgiving with his parents. His brother David loved to follow along with the Tree of Life synagogue’s service and both men were truly incredibly kind people. She said “it was an honor to know them.”

We’re glad the brothers had each other. Our sincerest condolences to their family, their friends, and their community.

David and Cecil Rosenthal were murdered by a gunman at Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday morning. The two brothers had lived together in Pittsburgh all their lives, and their deaths left the large crowd of mourners at their funeral at Rodef Shalom this afternoon with an overwhelming sense of loss. ?Friendship,? one mourner told ?
Those who died when suspect Robert Bowers burst into the Tree of Life synagogue represented respected pillars of the area's Jewish life.