Lubav­itcher shot in Mi­ami

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

BROOK­LYN’S CHASIDIC com­mu­nity was in shock this week over the cold­blood killing of Lubav­itcher Rabbi Joseph Raskin in Mi­ami Beach last Satur­day.

Rabbi Raskin, 60, was shot dead by two young men in what ap­pears to have been a bun­gled rob­bery.

The New York rabbi had been vis­it­ing his daugh­ter and grand­chil­dren and was on his way to sy­n­a­gogue when he was ap­proached by the two men at around 9am.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, there was a short ar­gu­ment, and then one of the men pulled out a gun and opened fire.

How­ever, wit­nesses told NBC re­port- ers that there had been no al­ter­ca­tion. They added that the as­sailants were African-Amer­i­can males.

Rabbi Raskin is sur­vived by his wife, Faigy, and seven chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to an obituary that ran on Satur­day night on crown­heights.info.

Po­lice spokes­woman Elena Her­nan­dez told the Mi­ami Her­ald: “There is no in­di­ca­tion of this be­ing a hate crime.” How­ever, Rabbi Raksin’s daugh­ter, Shully Le­pokovski, told WSVN. com that she be­lieved it was an an­tisemitic at­tack.

Ac­cord­ing to the Mi­ami Her­ald, on July 28, swastikas were sprayed on a north-east Mi­ami-Dade shul, amid the on­go­ing con­flict over Gaza, lead­ing to con­cerns the shoot­ing may be linked.

Rabbi Joseph Raskin

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