Borough Park Community In Shock Over 8-Year-Old Leiby Kletzky’s Death

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky has devastated the close-knit community of Borough Park.

Many residents who had taken part in the search for Kletzky are now mourning the loss of the young boy.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports: News Of Boy’s Death Hits Borough Park Hard

“It’s an unbelievable, an unbelievable feeling,” said one woman. “I feel like I lost one of my kids. The closeness that everybody feels to this family, to the people. how could this happen? How could this happen here? How could this happen in Borough Park?”

PHOTOS: Borough Park Boy Murdered, Dismembered

Police arrested 35-year-old Levi Aron after the boy’s dismembered body was found in two different locations by police.  He was charged with murder Wednesday evening.

Police commissioner Ray Kelly said part of the boy’s remains were found inside Aron’s apartment in a freezer.

The rest of his body was found inside a red suitcase that was tossed in a nearby dumpster.

“This guy is an animal. I don’t call him a human being. Anyone that could do something like this to any person, whether it’s a child or an adult, is an animal to me,” said one Borough Park resident.

Hundreds held out hope following the boy’s disappearance Monday, searching streets and backyards.

But now, 48-hours later, residents were stunned to learn the suspect is Jewish and a fellow member of the community, which works closely with the NYPD to help police its streets and prides itself on typically shunning outside influences.

“This turned out to be very ugly,” said resident Josh Berman. “Unfortunately, one of our own. It’s very sad.”

“It’s very difficult to even think about,” said resident Abraham Yakob.

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has been working closely with the Kletzky family.

“We’re going to get to bottom of this,” said Hikind.

Hikind said the parents do not know Aron, who lived about a mile away from the boy.

  • antonina staropol

    So sorry for ur loss!
    God Bless!


    To the Kletsky family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. A precious child was taken away to soon. May god bless

    • yo

      Are you insane to make announcement like that in a dramatic article ?

  • Serife

    My heart goes out to The Kletzky Family. So many unanswered questions.. I understand the child is 8 ysr old, but what alarms me is why did the child go in the car with a total stranger? He seems old enough to understand what’s wrong & right, this is also a lack parenting, how can his parents have confidence to let him walk home alone and then find out he got lost and couldn’t find his way home. That is the worse thing ever. This should of been handled with many lessons taught on how to get home in a few situations that may occur. (He should of been taught to ask for help like going to a store, a police officer, security guard, construction workers, pay phone, call 911, where were the pedestrians and why anyone did not notice this weird behavior? No matter what we do where we are we all should analyze our surroundings especially when you think there is a lost child wondering in the street. In NYC, many children take mass transit and are independent. We have SICK people in this world and even in your own community. You can not take your eyes off on anything, no matter if the community is together or not. Young children get abducted easily. We as parents must teach our children its a dangerous world we live in and must learn your surroundings. Every parent knows his/hers child better than anyone else, like the Mayor mentioned in his brief conference earlier today. This case is a mystery to all of us and to the community. I hope this individual will get the worse punishment even the death penalty. How sick can this guy be and where does he stand as a human being to this universe.

  • HooDatIS?

    this is so sad
    im still praying for his safe arrival

  • RIP

    Were the guys motive to rape/molest the boy? Why would he bring him to his apt? Why did he not bring him to the police precint? why when he panicked like he said he did, why did he not just released the boy into the streets or store or nearby park or something, why did he had to kill him and cut him up like that? Did he make the poor boy suffer pain? Why did the parents allow him to walk home alone when he is only 8yrs old? what were they thniking? Why did the day camp not intervene and could have denied the parents request for safety reasons? Why, why , why , there are so many questions…..

  • Harry

    It goes to show, it’s not just the “goyem”.

    • liz

      Grow up Harry

  • Rina Deych, RN

    My heart goes out to the Kletzky family. I can’t even imagine losing a child, much less in a horrifically brutal murder. Maybe they can find just a bit of comfort in the knowledge that so many people care.

  • Middle finger to XXXX

    This is for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    What kind of human being are you to say something like that. What if your child was killed?? What if someone killed your child and someone wrote what you wrote? You have no emotions. You are not a human being. Go write your stupid rambling of being a deviant. You are a stupid person. I hope you dont see the day that something happens in your family.

  • xxx uh?


  • badman

    one woman interviewed for the article says she feels like she lost her own kid. Because of the monstrous way this child died, the whole city should feel like it lost a child. the whole world should.

  • Mark Thompson

    That poor baby. How anybody could do something like that is beyond me.

  • jen

    i feel the pain of a mother grand mother this could happen to any one if only i could put my hands on this i would put the police in a lock room and i will deal with this what ever it is

  • Jessica

    Such a sweet innocent child taken away far too soon. To the Kletzky family, you are in my thoughts and prayers tonight. I think many NYers from all religious backgrounds share in this sentiment and their thoughts and condolences are with you tonight. May justice be served against the monster who did this.

  • Sal Ferrara

    My heart goes out to the Kletzky Family, May god hold your loving son in his
    arms and his heart, May god give you peace and love forever more.

    God Bless You
    Sal Ferrara

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