Rabbi Yosef Raksin of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was shot and killed Saturday morning during an apparent botched robbery attempt in Miami, Florida, reported Miami-Dade Police.
Police said Raksin, 60– who was in South Florida to visit his granddaughter and other relatives– was walking to shul on NE 175th Street near NE 8th Court at around 9:00 a.m. when two men approached him– one on a bicycle, another on foot– and shot him.
The Rabbi was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are still investigating the cause of the shooting.
The Anti-Defamation League released a statement Saturday afternoon from Hava Holzhauer, the ADL Regional Director: “This is a terrible tragedy… Let us hope that the culprits are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.
“At this time, it appears to be a robbery that went badly. Currently no evidence has been brought to light that it was motivated by anti-Semitism. While our community is on high alert due to recent anti-Semitic incidents that have coincided with hostilities in the Middle East, we must be careful not to assume this was a hate-motivated crime unless or until such information is discovered and released by law enforcement.”
Levaya (funeral procession) in New York is on Monday, August 11, leaving Shomrei Hadas at 9:45am and passing by 770 at 10:45am. Shiva will take place at 738 Empire Blvd. Shacharis will be at 7:30am. Mincha and maariv will be 7:45 pm.