Tom Hanks Joins Pittsburgh Rally for Synagogue Victims

Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton joined several hundred others at a Pittsburgh rally for the victims of the Tree of Life Congregation shooting.

The disturbing anti-Semitic shooting took place on October 27 in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, and resulted in 11 dead. The rally, which was called “Stronger than Hate: A Gathering of Compassion, Unity, and Love”, was held on November 9 at Point State Park to combat hate and show support for the victims and the Jewish community at large.

Hanks was in town filming the new Fred Rogers biopic, in which he stars. Keaton, who was also at the rally, is a Pittsburgh native.

During the event, Hanks was joined on stage by Joanne Rogers, Fred Rogers’ widow.

Hanks told attendees, “a visitor will know that Pittsburgh is a great city because Pittsburgh has been greatly tested, and in those trials – in your days of struggle – Pittsburgh has set an example of what can come next, and what can come next can be good”.

Watch his full speech above, in a clip provided by NBC News.