Thousands attend funeral of slain haredi boy in Brooklyn

Leibby Kletzky, 8, laid to rest after body was found brutally dismembered; "Here lies my child, purity of heart," says father.

July 14, 2011 09:19
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Leibby Kletzky

Leibby Kletzky 311. (photo credit: NYPD)

Thousands attended the funeral of 8-year-old Leibby Kletzky in Brooklyn on Wednesday. The haredi child, who had been missing since Monday, was found dead earlier in the day.

"Here lies my child. Purity of heart. Very quiet and very respectful. Satisfied and never demanding. My child is gone. I'm in very deep sorrow," The New York Post quoted the boy's father, Nachman Kletzky as saying at the proceedings.

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Police arrested and charged Levi Aron with murder of Kletzky earlier on Wednesday.

According to reports, police officers found parts of the victim’s dismembered body inside the refrigerator of the suspect's apartment in Manhattan. Later that morning, they recovered a red suitcase packed with human remains, said to belong to the victim, from a dumpster outside an auto-repair shop in Park Slope.

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“The police came this morning and took the dumpster away,” a mechanic who worked at the garage on 20th street between 4th and 5th Avenues said. “We don’t know how they knew how to look here.”

Liebby was last seen on Monday walking from day camp on his way to meet his mother at a nearby doctor’s office. After he vanished without a trace, members of the community launched a massive search for the missing boy. An army of volunteers fanned out through the neighborhood, while vans with loudspeakers drove through the streets asking for information.

Gil Shefler contributed to this report.

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