Monday, August 11, 2014

Funeral For Murdered Rabbi Yosef Raksin In Miami

South Florida's Jewish community continued to grapple with the death of an Orthodox rabbi, one day after, police said, he was gunned down while walking to Synagogue on the Sabboss.

60-year-old Yosef Raksin was confronted by two men Saturday morning as the he was walking to Bais Menachem Chabad, a synagogue located a few blocks away. An altercation ensued, and then one of the subjects took out a gun and shot Raksin. "The bullet just went from the side here all the way down, went out," said Shully Lepokovski, Raksin's daughter. "The thing is, it went through and it touched the heart." Good Samaritan Jean Louis Denis said he ran out to help Raksin as soon as he heard the gunshot. "I talked a little bit to him; he gave me his name, that he was from New York," he said, "and he told me that two males were the people that did this." Raksin was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

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.

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