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?”
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.