3 Flor­ida teens charged with mur­der of Ortho­dox Jewish MMA fighter

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(JNS.org) Three Flor­ida teens have been charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the killing of Aaron Ra­j­man, 25, an Ortho­dox Jewish mixed mar­tial arts (MMA) fighter.

A Palm Beach crim­i­nal court Sat­ur­day or­dered that the three sus­pects—Sum­mer Church, 16, Roberto Or­tiz, 18, and Jace Swin­ton, 18—be held with­out bond.

The three stand ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing Ra­j­man fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion that broke out in his Boca Ra­ton res­i­dence. All three sus­pects will be tried as adults and face the same charges of first-de­gree mur­der and two counts of armed home in­va­sion with a firearm.

“This was no ran­dom act of vi­o­lence,” said State At­tor­ney Dave Aron­berg. “Mr. Ra­j­man was tar­geted by these de­fen­dants, and we in­tend to seek jus­tice for the vic­tim and his fam­ily.”

Ra­j­man was re­port­edly a mem­ber of Chabad-Lubav­itch and was deeply in­volved with the lo­cal Jewish com­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion to study­ing To­rah, he also taught lo­cal Jewish chil­dren self-de­fense tech­niques and in­structed po­lice in the Is­raeli Krav Maga mar­tial arts style.

Ra­j­man de­buted as a pro­fes­sional MMA fighter in April 2014 and had a 2-2 record. As an ama­teur fighter, his record was 8-1.

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