Concerns in South Florida Over Security in Wake of Killing of R’ Yosef Raksin z”l

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yosef-raksinA South Florida community has major security concerns after a New York Jew was gunned down while walking to shul.

Members of the community gathered at a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss security measures and hear from police, prosecutors with the Sate Attorneys Office and members with the Department of Homeland Security. “People should not focus on why? Was it a hate crime, a burglar. Let’s get the who. Let’s find out who this was and then we will figure out the why later,” said Jeb Handwerger, a concerned resident.

“People need to take action,” said resident Hershy Riesel.

“This happened on a Saturday morning of all times, which is just very odd,” said Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Patky Changakachith.

Changakachith said the shooting is odd because the Northeast Miami-Dade neighborhood is usually quiet. Members of the Jewish community usually head to temple in groups.

“We are looking forward to results. We are looking forward to see a calm, safe and secure community,” said community leader Rabbi Yosef Marlow.

When Rabbi Yosef Raksin was gunned down on Shabbos, it shook the Jewish community to its core. “It doesn’t compute to me why would you shoot or even try to rob a person who was peacefully trying to go to temple to pray?” said Changakachith.

Changakachith is keeping an eye for those who are responsible or those who might have a clue that leads to an arrest.

When R’ Raksin was shot, a neighbor ran to his aid. The Good Samaritan’s wife said, “We heard a gunshot and then he heard a cry for help.”

R’ Raksin was on the floor at the corner of Northeast 175th and Eighth Court bleeding from a gunshot wound. Neighbors rushed to help but the 63-year-old Rabbi visiting from New York later died at the hospital.

Police handed out flyers around the neighborhood on Wednesday, and the Miami-Dade mobile command unit remains on the scene. “It’s a matter of time before homicide investigators get a hold of this guy,” said Changakachith.

“Just genuine support from NMB and Metro Dade coming together to show us that they are really out there to help us out,” said Handwerger.

The local Jewish community is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone with any information leading to an arrest.

If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

Read more at WSVN.

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  1. Florida is a right to carry state – why aren’t we taking advantage of this tool to defend ourselves. Possibly there might even be a heter to pack on Shabos due to the obvious sakona of being mugged or targeted for being Jewish. Installing a network of cameras in a Jewish neighborhood is another good idea that is low cost and effective.


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