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i turn my eyes to the heavens. where will my help come? my help comes from god, maker of heaven and earth. >> this bigotry will not defeat us. love will conquer all. >> this morning, we remember the victims in saturday's horrific hate crime that took 11 lives and forever ruined safety and security of sanctuary inside a place of worship. prosecutors will seek permission to proceed with a death penalty case against the suspected gunman, robertwhwill first time today. breaking overnight, a lion air passenger jet with 189 souls aboard has crashed into the sea, shortly after taking off in indonesia. later today, the man suspected of mailing a dozen
explosive devices to democrats and a news organization will appear in court to face charges. plus, with just two days before halloween, uber goes on the offensive to ward off evil price gouging it faced years ago. and the boston red sox are your world series champions. "early today" starts right now. good monday morning. i'm frances rivera. >> and i'm marlie hall. breaking news overnight. we begin with the latest on the brand-new lion air boeing 737 max 8 passenger jet that crashed into the sea this morning with 189 people on board. flying from jakarta to sumatra, the boeing crashed shortly after takeoff. rescuers have recovered several bodies from the water at the crash site. tearful families are anxiously still waiting for news of their loved ones. let's go right to nbc's sarah harman, who's in london. sarah, what's the latest? >> reporter: hey, good morning to you.or the families, the wait is excruciating, and we are learning more now about what
happened on the short flight before it plunged intohe sea. officials say that the pilot requested to return to the airport just a few minutes after takeoff. he then lost contact, the plane crashed into minutes after it took off from jakarta. now, the plane in question was a boeing 737 max 8, a new model. the flight was operated by a budget carrier called lion air. and lion air's president said this plane had experienced a technical problem during its last flight but said the problem had been fully resolved. he didn't go into any detail about the nature of the issue. so, we still don't know why the plane crashed. the weather at the time was clear and the pilot was experienced with more than 6,000 flying hours. insi helicopters in the search as divers try to locate the plane's black box. it's the second major air disaster in less than five years for indonesia. back in decembef 2014, an
airasia crash killed 162ople. and indonesian airlines, they have a pretty bad safety record, so bad, in fact, that over the years, several of their airlines have been banned from flying in both the u.s. and europe. family and loved ones of those on board now gathering at the airport, hoping against hope for a bit of good news today. marlie, frances? >> sarah, thank you. the pittsburgh jewish community continues to grieve this morning after 11 people were killed in a mass shooting at the tree of life synagogue during saturday services. authorities releasing their names on sunday, ranging in age from 54 to 97. mourners are holding vigils not just in pittsburgh but across the country. the tree of life rabbi saying he has received messages of support from all over the world. >> jewish, christian, muslim, all with the same message -- we
are here for you. that's how you defeat hate. >> authorities say the suspect, robert bowers, entered the synagogue and opened fire. he now faces multiple federal charges and is expected in court later today. nbc's david gura is live in pittsburgh. david, what are some of the charges against bowers? >> yeah, 11 charges of murder in that federal criminal complaint along with 11 charges of trying to obstruct celebration of religious beliefs, that is on which the federal government is pursuing the hate crimes charge that you mentioned just a moment ago. in addition to the federal complaint, there is a state complaint as well, 30 charges there. all of this a culmination of the work that law enforcement has done so far, the investigations that have taken place so far. there have been searches of the suspect's house, of his vehicle. yesterday, at a news conference, the u.s. attorney for the western district of pennsylvania highlighted the work that law enforcement had done since saturday. >> i want to commend the courageous police officers and
s.w.a.t. teams who responded to the scene. they are truly heroes, who without hesitation, without concern for their own safety, ran toward gunfire to protect innocent victims. by confronting and neutralizing bowers, they prevented additional loss of life. >> reporter: frances and marlie, that investigation continues in the building behind me. they've said this is going to be a lengthy crime scene and lawyers i've spoken with have said that in addition to those complaints that we've seen so far, there could be additional charges filed here in the coming days. >> david, i know the community is just shocked and devastated. what are you hearing from the people there? >> reporter: yeah, it is apparent immediately how close this community is. and even before those names were listed by the medical examiner from allegany county yesterday, people that i was speaking with knew of some of the victims. here's some tape of the nephew of one of them talking about how he found out that his uncle was one of the victims. >> the phone call just kept going through, and he wasn't picking up. it is a nightmare right now.
it's kind of a fog. you know, i've been touched by a lot of people on social media, and you know, it's just hard right now. >> reporter: you both mentioned the vigils that have been taking place. a large one took place last evening here in pittsburgh. there has been an outpouring of support from the local community, the state community, across this country around the world. we saw dignitaries from israel here yesterday, including israel's ambassador to the united states, here to pay his respects and to stand in solidarity with those who are weathering this tragedy that took place on saturday. >> and david, it was clear through his postings online how bowers felt in his anti-semic sentiment. what more do we know about that and how investigators are treating it? >> reporter: as i mentioned, investigators have been looking at physical evidence, what they found in his apartment and car, but he did leave a long digital trail of hate speech, something
investigators will continue to pore through here in the coming days. >> david guerra for us in pittsburgh. thank you. and as the investigation continues, we're looking more about the accused shooter, robert bowers. neighbors saying there was no indication bowers intended to carry out this attack right in his own neighborhood. nbc's ron mott has the story. >> reporter: alleged synagogue shooter robert bowers grew up in this area, attending a local high school. in recent years, leaving an unremarkable impression on his neighbors. quiet, though not unfriendly, they say, a truck driver who kept odd hours, a stark contrast to what we know about him -- >> i saw his photo, and i said, that's my neighbor. >> reporter: neighbors say bowers offered no hints about the bloodshed he's accused of unleashing. kerry owens was his next door neighbor for the past two upsett you live next door to the guy who's being charged with this? >> it's very upsetting knowing that someone that had that much hate was on the other side of my wall. >> reporter: officials suggested a possible motive in the horrific attack.
>> there is no indication that he is working with anyone else, and so, we have charged it and are treating it as a hate crime, but continue to investigate. >> reporter: authorities raided bowers' apartment in the southern pittsburgh suburbs, sweeping for any signs of explosives. bowers' social media activity also will be heavily scrutinized. he used the social media site gab.com and in one post uploading a picture of three handguns. it's unclear if they are the same guns used saturday. bowers also visited this home in a nearby community so often, some thought he lived here and say he kept to himself. >> it's sickening. it's really sickening. he come out and smoke and that's about it. there was no his, no byes. >> reporter: this is the apartment complex where robert bowers has lived the past two years. since his arrest this weekend, he has been under police protection at an area hospital, recovering from gunshot woundss attack. he is due in court for a first appearance before a federal magistrate, 1:30 this afternoon here in pittsburgh.
he, of course, is facing 29 federal criminal charges, including 11 for murder. marlie? >> ron, thank you. and as we've been reporting, the shock of saturday's tragedy is being felt across the country. in new york city, the empire state building went dark, except for an orange halo rolling around the mast for gun violence awareness. but back in pittsburgh, 11 families now prepare to say their final farewells to their loved ones. nbc's matt bradley has more on the lives lost. >> reporter: marlie, this extremely close community is aching for some good news, and doctors in this hospital behind me hope that those four remaining patients are going to be able to go home soon. but for the family and friends of those 11 people who have died, hope has turned to grief. when there's a death in the jewish community, families remember the dead by sitting shiva. >> it's going to be hard without them. >> reporter: it's a tradition steven holly has endured twice in the past month, first for his father, now for his uncle, daniel stein, murdered at the
tree of life synagogue. >> funny, loving, caring, family man. >> reporter: this time, he's grieving with a community left shattered by one of the deadliest attacks on jews in u.s. history. >> being with family and friends, i think that's the most important. >> reporter: among the 11 dead, a married couple and two brothers, david and cecil rosenthal, pillars of this synagogue, despite their intellectual disabilities. >> he was somebody who was a part of the community. cecil always told me they let him carry the torah. >> reporter: david defelice, a senior at duquesne university, met cecil rosenthal through a program called best buddies. >> i went to services, and cecil, he had his talas on, and he carried the torah around the room, and basically, he would carry the torah around and everybody would go and kiss it, and that was his job. he was a big, strong guy. he was able to support the weight reporter: survivors of this community say they'll keep carrying.
>> i'm not going anywhere else. pittsburgh is home. >> reporter: glad you feel that way. no matter what. this community is continuing to pray for those four victims who remain in that hospital behind me, but they're also getting ready for funerals, likely in the coming days. marlie? >> matt, thank you. taking a turn now to a history-making season that's now reached its sweet end for the boston red sox. >> from the top on down, here comes a 1-2 pitch. red sox win the world series! 5-1 the final tonight! >> boston defeats los angeles in game five to win their fourth world series title in 15 years. here are the highlights. to put the sox on sixth, mookittcl. kershaw gave up another to j.d. martinez in seventh. and then in the eighth, steve pearce made it a two-homer night, giving boston a 5-1 lead and, ultimately, the championship. pearce also won series mvp, and
for the second straight year, dodgers go home from the world series empty-handed. and once again, red sox nation will be celebrating with a parade in the next coming days. >> and bill karins is here. what can we expect as we head into halloween? that's a big one for the kids. we start off in a wet pattern. we were wet yesterday in the pacific northwest and now rain right over portland. we'll see a storm system coming in on wednesday and another one on friday. so, here's how it will play out today. mostly showers elevations, then by tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening, you start to see that next storm. this one looks to bring mostly rain to washington state. of course, wednesday, that's halloween, so we'll fine tune that, but there is a chance for some wet trick or treating in the pacific northwest. and look at all the rainfall. of course, the mountains gethe most tet to redding and central
california. highs in the 70s sounds perfect. we'll give you that week-ahead forecast, including halloween, coming up. >> all right. we'll be watching closely, bill. thank you. nfl week eight. we begin with "football night in america" right here on nbc. saints/vikings. first quarter, vikes' kirk cousins evens the score at 7 with this strike to stefon diggs. but this cousins pick by t.j. williams for a 45-yard touchdown was the turning point of the game. final, saints 30, vikings 20. we move to los angeles, where the green bay packers strike first against the unbeaten rams and this jamaal to remain the nfl's only undefeated team at 8-0. next to kansas city and the nfl's hottest quarterback. patrick mahomes threw for 303 total yards and four touchdowns. chiefs over the broncos, 30-23. and "early today" will be right back. ♪
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also be remembered as a remarkable day of bravery f itsirst responders. nbc's lester holt has more. >> reporter: with gun and medical bag, emergencyhy s.w.a.t. members as they toward the synagogue to save lives. >> we started clearing rooms,di vis,do. >> reporter: as medical director for pittsburgh s.w.a.t., dr. murray found himself in the. with shots still ringing out, he went right to work. >> initially on the scene we treated one victim with a shot in the arm. >> reporter: we are diagonal from the sin going, as close as we can get, but we can see broken out glass, piles of glass in the street. there was gunfire coming from inside the synagogue to responding police officers. law enforcement officials here remain shaken by what they witnessed inside the synagogue. >> several of the individuals were at the top of the stairs, at the bottom of the steps, so it was a hfiter: officials now turning their focus to the lives saved. >> when the responded after
hearing the shots from his nearby home. >> i realized quickly that it was automatic gunfire, and i immediately knew h knowing it cd have heroes for what they did, the first responders who stopped that. who knows what would have happened if he got out into the streets. >> that was lester holt reporting. well, the white house was decked out for halloween this weekend as president trump and the first lady continued the tradition of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on the south lawn. military families attended the annual event. that's where they got their bags filled with special hershey chocolate bars and also twizzlers with the trump signature on the back. and if you look, these are the full-sized candies. look at them right there. it's not the little bite-size that you normally get during so, they had to have been thrilled. >> and with the signatures on the back, they likely won't eat that.
>> there you go. like a little token. and look how cool the white house looks. it looks beautiful. >> and the costumes are amazing. >> fun to do it. >> well, thanks for watching "early today." i'm marlie hall. >> i'm frances rivera. follow us on social media. for now, your news continues here on nbc and our nbc stations.
breaking news overnight. a passenger jet with 189 passengers and crew crashes y aer taking-off. a live report is just ahead. vigils around the nation were held in remembrance of those 11 lives lost in pittsburgh over the weekend. and today, the suspected killer will face a judge for the first time while prosecutors seek approval to pursue the death penalty against robert bowers. go before the elections, the role the commander in chief is playing on the campaign trail, at the white house, and in the wake of national tragedy. from the top on down, here comes the 1-2 pitch. sox win the world series!