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Funeral Held in Miami for Murdered Rabbi

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Police say Rabbi Raksin's murder was not a hate crime, but one of his daughters believe he was killed because he was a Jew.

Police say Rabbi Raksin's murder was not a hate crime, but one of his daughters believe he was killed because he was a Jew.

A funeral for murdered Brooklyn Rabbi Yosef Raksin was held in Miami Sunday, the day he was shot and killed on his way to synagogue in what police said was an attempted robbery. Approximately 300 people attended the ceremony and eulogies.

Following the funeral Sunday at the Bais Menachem Chabad synagogue, where Rabbi Joseph Raksin was headed when he was shot by two assailants on Saturday morning, the body was taken to the airport. A funeral and burial will take place Monday afternoon in Brooklyn.

Hundreds of men, women and children attended Sunday’s funeral, the Miami Herald reported. Raksin had arrived on Thursday in Miami for a week-long visit with his daughter and her family. Rabbi Raksin, 60, is the father of six and a leader in the Crown Heights community.

Police said he was shot several times following an altercation, though witnesses told NBC reporters that there was no altercation and the assailants were African-American males. Raksin was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.

Miami-Dade police have said they do not believe the murder was a hate crime, rather a robbery gone bad. Members of Miami’s Jewish community are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Raksin’s assailants.

Raskin’s daughter Shuly Labkowski told local media outlets she believes her father was targeted because of his religious affiliation. “I believe it was a hate crime,” said Labkowski. “[He was killed] simply because he’s a Jew.”

A nearby synagogue, Torah V’Emunah, was the target of vandalism on July 28, with swastikas and the word “Hamas” spray-painted on the front pillars.

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14 Responses to “Funeral Held in Miami for Murdered Rabbi”

  1. Our condolences and prayers. May his memory be a blessing!

  2. Dawn Andrade says:

    I am outraged by this senseless act. May his family find peace and comfort. R.I.P.

  3. His murder can not go unanswered.
    May his memory be a blessing.

  4. Sherri Smith says:

    God rest his soul!

  5. How truly very sad. May HaShem bring comfort to his family

  6. Deepest Condolences to his family.

  7. I want answers. I want the truth. May Hashem rest his soul and give comfort to his loved ones.

  8. Prays for family . This cannot go unanswered

  9. Ed Kaplan says:

    I live in Orlando Florida I still haven’t seen or heard anything on any news channel about this!

  10. Ina J Ina says:

    hate crimes should be investigated asap.

  11. another murder! horrible hate crimes may he rest in peace,

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