Crown Heights Jewish Softball League, Community Pay Tribute To Leiby Kletzky

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In a time of extreme tragedy, New Yorkers are coping by coming together.

The Jewish Softball League in Crown Heights has been meeting up for games every Tuesday and Thursday for the past five years but last night was special.

In between games, players of the league and members of the community stepped out onto the field to pay tribute to 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

Yitzi Cole, a member of the league, said a group of non-Jewish men and women came with their children to show solidarity and support following the Borough Park boy’s brutal murder.

Photo Gallery: Saying Goodbye To Leiby Kletzky

“We just want to show our love for the little boy that you guys lost because we as parents also feel what you feel in the loss,” one woman said. She added that she wanted to “show her children how to love openly and with no regard to color or race.”

People from the stands came down onto the field and the group handed out white and blue balloons before holding a brief moment of silence. The balloons were let up into the night to honor Kletzky.

“It was just a very special moment in a couple days of sad news,” Cole told 1010 WINS. “You could just see there was a lot of love and a feeling of family in the air.”

“I strongly feel that in this time of political in-fighting and the other craziness that is going on around the world, to see communities come together like this can set a example for the entire country,” Cole added.

Police said Kletzky lost his way home Monday after leaving day camp and asked 35-year-old Levi Aron for directions.

Aron is accused of taking the boy home, suffocating him with a bath towel and butchering his body.

Aron may be indicted as early as Friday on a first-degree murder charge. He has already pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping charges.

Aron is being held in protective custody and is being kept under suicide watch.

Is your community doing anything to remember Leiby Kletzky? Let us know below…

  • Anna

    I’m reading comments blaming the government for not being psychic and seeing into the future to prevent this. Interesting. Levi Aron, the killer, was a mild-mannered clerk at a hardware store. There were no red flags. His only previous,offense was for public urination. Exactly HOW would anyone have known that he would do this? As far as I’m concerned he is a monster and deserves to die, preferably a horrible death – but we’re more civilized than that. I hope the flames of Hell torture him for eternity. That said, when will we start taking personal responsibility. We know that the world is populated with a certain percentage of people like Levi Aron…….so do we send our 8 year old children into the streets of New York City alone?? I can’t imagine the pain and torment Leiby’s family must feel, but doesn’t it need to be said that an adult SHOULD have been with this child? I live in a small, safe town – crime is almost non-existent and when it does happen it’s petty stuff. Still, I wouldn’t send my 8 year old off alone , that’s like baiting trap. I have great sympathy for the family, I don’t even know how you’d go on after a tragedy like this – but for the love of God people, protect your kids!!!!

    • nick

      no, it is not “interesting” – it is the murder of a child and your pathetic posturing of some seinfeld imitation mocks that death

      • Anna

        I don’t think you understood the post. In no way did I “mock” the death of a child. I questioned the posts before mine ranting that the government should have had this guy locked up already. Try again.

      • Bob

        Hey Nick, you’re a moron. Now shut up and go have yourself some nice live and Chianti

  • Delia Arias

    this man is a sick person I said lets hang him by his testicles!!!!!he his a sick individual with no respect to our human life……. so hang him by the balls!!!!!!!SOAB!!!!!!!!!

  • Dennis Escobar

    take away his protective custody! you made your bed, now sleep in it.

  • rowan

    why does the government allow such monsters to roam our streets? to harm our innocents? we hear of our war on drugs, our war on terror. when will we start our war on the inhumane monsters that roam our streets? degrade our women and children? when will these animals we put awat for life? instead of getting 2 or 3 yrs in prison, under protective custody? the women and children they killed or damaged for life had no protective custody, why should they? i see no justice when a child molestor or a murderer gets 3 to 6 yrs in jail and in the same court of law a non violent offender caught smoking pot for the 3rd time gets 40 yrs. explain to me how this is justice. my heart goes out to this poor boys family. may time bring you peace.

    • JFT

      Rowan, only when we can get the government and medical people to admit that the idea of giving severely mentally ill people outpatient treatment has failed. This man should have been put away long ago, but in the 1970s most mental hospitals, particularly state ones, were shut down and patients released on their own recognizance. They were supposed to take their medications and be just fine – but of course that wasn’t the case. They have been breeding for more than thirty years, and it’s been proven that mental illness is genetic. So now we have more dangerous crazies per square mile than you can shake a stick at, with no plan in place to get them out of society, and nowhere for them to be put. They are a burden on their families and society and some of them are as dangerous as this maniac who killed the little boy is. No-one can say anything about locking the snapcases up because it’s not politically correct – and children like this little fellow are the innocent victims of a failed political and medical policy from decades ago.

      • robert

        there is NOTHING in this man’s background even implying any of the judgments you have made-could you please provide the source for the accused’s “severely mentally ill” status you are claiming?

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