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(photo credit: Reuters)
BOROUGH PARK, NEW YORK – Residents of this tightly knit ultra-Orthodox community
on Wednesday reacted with anguish and sorrow to the news that one of its own, eight-year-old Liebby Kletzky, had been brutally murdered.
outside Eichler’s Judaica store on the corner of 13th and 50th streets, the
commercial center of this deeply religious part of Brooklyn, to talk about the
tragedy which began on Monday with the disappearance of the child, and has
shaken the community to its core.
“We’re full of sorrow and mourning,”
said Channah, who like other members of the community interviewed by The Jerusalem Post
, preferred not to give her full name. “I don’t remember
anything like this happening before. We’ve had boys getting lost and then being
found, but not ending up being murdered.”
“People today at the synagogue
were beside themselves with grief,” said Amnon Itzhack, an Israeli visiting the
neighborhood from Jerusalem. “Every place and every second they are talking
Police arrested a man suspected of carrying out the murder
early Wednesday morning.
According to reports, police officers found
parts of the victim’s dismembered body inside the refrigerator of an 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.
“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
Meanwhile, members of the ultra-Orthodox community reacted with
horror to rumors that the suspect may have been ultra-Orthodox.
to tell your children, no matter who it is – even if [a man] is frum – they
cannot go with them,” said Yakov Buchner, a father of four.
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.
Meanwhile, the story made headlines
in local and national media outlets.
“Vanished,” was the headline in the
New York Post
, which appeared Wednesday morning.
“Liebby where are you?”
, a Jewish newspaper catering to religious Jews, on its front
By Wednesday afternoon, De Zeitung
, a Yiddish newspaper, broke the
news that the worst had happened. Its terse headline was the traditional Jewish
response on hearing of a death.
“Baruch dayan emet
,” (Blessed is the True
Judge), it read.