Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Frum Jew Murdered in Crown Heights

Ynet: Ephraim Klein, an ultra-Orthodox Jew from Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York, was shot to death Tuesday on one of the neighborhood streets.The motive for the murder is not yet clear, but anti-Semitic sentiments may have played a part. The Chabad organization reported that the murder occurred at 2 a.m. New York time, when unknown assailants shot Klein as he was driving his car and then fled the scene; Klein lost control of his car as a result. Rescue teams were quick to arrive at the scene, only to determine the time of death. Klein’s son was scheduled to be wed in a week’s time, according to reports. The New York Police Department has launched an investigation into the murder, and detectives are looking into the possibility that the murder was anti-Semitic, but are not ruling out that Klein was an innocent victim of a local gang war. The incident is the third in recent weeks in which a Jew was murdered. In Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the rabbi of the local synagogue, Avraham Hacohen, was murdered; his family claims the murder was anti-Semitic. In France, Parisian Jew Ilan Halimi was kidnapped and brutally murdered. ------------------------------------------------------- NY1: Police say a man was found shot dead in his car after the vehicle careened into several parked cars on a Brooklyn street in Crown Heights early Tuesday morning. Frederick Klein, 47, was shot in the arm and chest as he was moving his Dodge Caravan for alternate side of the street parking. The minivan slammed into several parked cars on Carroll Street, before coming to a stop. Jewish Community leaders tell NY1 Klein leaves behind three children, including a son who's supposed to get married next week. "He was a very good person, a kind person, always was helping anyone in the community, was always smiling and he was a good person," said a Jewish Community Leader in the area Abarahim Lidar. "People are very, very angry because it's been very, very quiet and we're not looking for this," said Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Council. Police aren't sure what the motive was for the shooting and so far there have been no arrests. The Crown Heights Jewish community Council has offered up a 10-thousand-dollar reward for information. For pictures of this horific incident click HERE. The Levaya will be leaving from the Shomrai Hadaas Chapel at Approximately 1:30pm and will be passing 770 at approximately 2:00pm
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