Community Still Coping With Tragic Death Of 8-Year-Old Leiby Kletzky

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is a reduced police presence at the home of murder suspect Levi Aron this weekend.

Friday, investigators spent much of the day digging up the yard behind his home in Kensington, Brooklyn, taking away bags of evidence.

Police were still trying to find more clues in the killing of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky. Aron’s home will remain under police guard as the investigation continues.  

Meanwhile, the Kletzky family is now observing the sabbath in private.

Throughout the morning and afternoon Friday, a stream of visitors entered the family’s apartment for the Jewish custom of shiva, or seven days of intense mourning.

“I came as a parent, I came as a Jew, I came as a human being and I came as their brother, to be honest with you,” said neighbor Fred Betesh.

“We are all so hurt, the hurt and pain, just as people,” said neighbor Claire Notwicz.

Others came to stand outside, trying to make sense of it all, especially for their children.

“I said God loves kids. We don’t understand why God did it,” said family friend Jonathan Schwartz. “Obviously I didn’t give all the details of what happened.”

Outside the Kletzky apartment in Borough Park, is a printed statement posted by the family that says:

“We are forever grateful to God. We would also like to express to each and every individual, to our friends and neighbors and our fellow New Yorkers and to all the volunteers and to all from around the world who had us in their thoughts and prayers, from the depths of our mourning hearts, thank you.”

This period of mourning will continue after the sabbath, after sundown on Saturday. Until then, the parents will mostly be alone to pray and to reflect, finding their own way through their faith.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports: At Synagogues, Prayers For Leiby Kletzky

During the sabbath at synagogues around the city, spiritual leaders are grappling with how best to explain the horrific murder of the 8-year-old boy.  

Like many rabbis all across the city, Dovid Goldwasser will focus his sermon entirely on Leiby Kletzky.

“We have never had a tragedy on this level,” said Goldwasser. “There is a void that simply cannot be filled. We are on the other hand, a little bit more complete because we’ve all banded together.”

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  1. BABYBLUE says:

    LEIBY KLETZKY IS IN A BETTER PLACE NOW…HE IS WITH GOD..

  2. Mel says:

    This is just sad. First and foremost may God be with the family.Leiby is in a better place watching down.I pray and hope thtat you get through this tragedy i know ts hard but it will get better.God is there just grasp him.He loves you all and is thee to bring you through this rough time.He will truly be missed but he must Rest in peace

  3. FRED says:

    ONLY WITH DEEP FAITH IN G-D YOU WILL COME THROUGH THIS ORDEAL.YOU ARE RELIGIOUS AND YOU HAVE A VERY SPECIAL WAY OF ACCEPTANCE.LITTLE LEIBY IS NOW AT THE HIGHEST PEAK IN HEAVEN SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO G-D AND REALLY RESTING IN PEACE.MAY THIS BE A TRUE CONSOLATION TO THESE HEARTBROKEN PARENTS . MAY G-D ABOVE GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH TO COME THROUGH THIS HARD CHALLENGE IN LIFE.EVERYTHING GOOD SHALL COME THEIR WAY SO THEY FIND SERENITY AND PEACE IN THEIR LIVES.

  4. Ellen says:

    My deepest prayers go out to the family of this little boy taken from us so tragically, but there is a God and little Liby is with Him, the Angles and Saints. Just focus on the fact that Liby is in a far better place then the rest of us.

  5. wftx says:

    Incomprehesible your grief in the loss of your precious son. I can only say thank you for your faith in GOD who is obviously walking with you thru this dark valley.

    GOD COMFORT YOU

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