Daniel Stein, a new grandfather and beloved family man, was the first deceased victim named in the horrific mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Susan Koeppen, of CBS Pittsburgh, first reported the victim's name.
He is among 11 victims to die in the attack. Two were a husband and wife, and two were brothers, authorities revealed in a news conference. They range in age from 54 to 97 years of age.
Koeppen described Daniel Stein, 71, as a family man who was a new grandfather, writing, "#Pittsburgh synagogue victim: Friends describe Daniel Stein as a family man. New grandfather. Condolences to his family and friends." Authorities named all of the victims on the morning of October 28, 2018. Stein was the first deceased victim named by the news media after his family confirmed his name.
According to WPXI, Stein's family feared he was among the victims because they couldn't reach him after the shooting. He had gone to the service alone, the television station reported.
Always Willing to Help
TribLive spoke to Dan Stein's family.
“He was always willing to help anybody,” said his nephew, Steven Halle, to the news site. “He was somebody that everybody liked, very dry sense of humor and recently had a grandson who loved him.” TribLive reports that Daniel Stein "was a longtime member of New Light," filling in to lead services and acting as president in the past. That congregation holds services at the synagogue where the mass shooting unfolded.
Halle also told the newspaper of Dan Stein, “He was very active and he did everything. He was there every Saturday for services.”
The newspaper added that Daniel Stein was remembered as a "kind soul."
At the news conference, authorities pledged their support for the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, describing it as an essential part of the community at large.
Chief Scott Schubert, of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, said in a news conference: “Our heartfelt condolences to the families and their friends. We have a strong relationship with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh…it’s something that makes Pittsburgh strong; we work together.”
According to The Times of Israel, Daniel Stein was a "retired plumbing supplies salesman."