Leiby Kletzky Death Weighing Heavily On Jewish Communities This Sabbath

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — In Borough Park and surrounding neighborhoods where the Jewish Sabbath is strictly observed, there was silence on the street as Jewish congregations across the city reflected on the murder of 9-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

Kletsky family friend Yitzchok Spitzer said after a Sabbath spent with God, shiva resumes.

“Now after sabbath we’re back down ourselves we have to resume crying,” he said.

“We’re really sad to know it happened within our community,” said neighbor Michael Yusupov.

Just five days ago, Leiby got lost and, police say, asked the wrong man for directions.  His body was found the next day, a discovery sending shock across the tight knit community, and the rest of the city.

Congressman Michael Grimm, whose Staten Island district also covers a part of Brooklyn, was an FBI agent. He told Guzman, “The very first thing that crossed my mind is that we had a psychopath on our hands. And that there could possibly be, more bodies out there.”

Police think that is a possibility, and Levi Aron’s defense lawyers have already prepared for an insanity defense.

“He’s indicated to me that he hears voices. And there’s some hallucinations involved as well,” said defense lawyer Pierre Bazile.

The suspect has undergone psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue Hospital, but one investigator close to those who were in the room when Aron made his statements, his alleged confession, investigators with experience in insanity cases, said it appears to them that he was somewhat calm and rational in his own way when he made those statements.

In other words, a judge, they say, may find that Aron is fit to stand trial.

“It’s nice to have a motive, and do I think I can develop a motive? Yeah I think so,” said Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes.

In Kensington Aron’s house, investigators for more than three days were looking for evidence.

“Certainly we knew people who were searching for him. And everybody was very affected. In fact, we had people come to temple who hadn’t been to temple in a while ’cause they needed to hear this message. And it’s hard,” said Cantor Suzanne Bernstein of the Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom in Borough Park.

Investigators are fanning-out to where Levi Aron has lived in Tennessee as well as Little Rock, Arkansas and Florida. In all those places he either married or was engaged to single Jewish women.

According to sources in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, an indictment is expected to be handed up early next week.

A house three doors down from Aron’s is where Zisa Berkowitz reportedly told neighbors and cops a chilling tale that her son may have been an earlier target.

No one answered Saturday at the Berkowitz home, but family friend Dalia Kessler was familiar with the incident.

“He was calling him to come up to his house. The boy said ‘I have to ask my mom.’ He ran home,” she said.

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  • Wes

    Since I read about little Leiby’s tragic story, I have not stopped thinking about what must have gone through his mind all the time that he was waiting for someone to rescue him…..A little boy like him must have been so scared in his heart! I cannot but stop weeping just thinking about him and wonder if there is indeed God in this world who could let something like this to take place under his watch! But I also believe that our lives have a plan BEFORE we enter this world and little Leiby had a purpose that he fulfilled on earth. Rest in eternal peace, little angel!

  • Michael

    Hey, its Michael quoted in the story. I believe that this maniac had everything planned out. I don’t buy his confession. What I think really happened was that the kid was trying to meet his parents at the store, but this maniac didn’t let him do so. Any child would try to contact his/her parents and tell them where they are if they are lost. As for this maniac, he could have given the kid his cell to call his parents.

    I think this serial killer had everything planned out in his head. I don’t buy his story that he drove the kid to the book store and didn’t find the place, or even took the kid to the wedding and made him a tuna sandwich the next day.

    Not only is this guy a killer, he’s also a good liar who is trying to cover up what really happened. I think the kid was absolutely trapped with no ability to call his parents or to escape.

  • Suzette

    I have never met Leiby or his family but they are in my heart and my mind as if I grew up with them. May his family find peace. May little Leiby rest in peace… xoxoxo

  • Sholom

    On behalf of the Kletzky family & the entire Jewish community,
    Thanks alot for your & everyone’s kind words.
    We understand that every human being was devestated upon the events of the past week. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts & positive comments.
    We should only hear good things.

    • Aguinaldo de araújo

      My good wishes and much light to everyone in the family Leiby. God bless you all with much love and affection at the moment so suffered.
      I am suffering a lot from what happened to the boy Laib and so I took another direction in my life, I served more firm and serious and be good only with those who so desperately needs and is humble of heart, because people increasingly are without compassion, and nasty with each other. We have to prepare and fight the bad and evil in every way with the sword, iron and fire for any bad hunting ground.
      Our Super Small Laiby one day return to help with dodo more strength to fight the evil that is in this world.
      Be at peace my friend and brother Laiby.
      Jesus loves you and me too.
      I here in Santa Catarina, Brazil send my congratulations to comfort the family of our dear and beloved Leiby.

  • Sholom

    On behalf of the Kletzky family & the entire Jewish community,
    Thanks alot for your & everyone’s kind words.
    We should only hear good things.

  • taraannrose

    There are plenty more psychopaths out there and we should not feel as if because we have caught this one that we are all safe.
    Everyday children are kidnapped in this country and other countries. Victims of child molesters, psycopaths and child porn/sex trafickers.
    This is but one child of many who needed us to protect him. Look out for our children and report anyone who appears to be behaving strangely–apparently this guy was already known to be lurking around.

  • Sonya

    I’m completely heartbroken since hearing about this story. I cannot begin to imagine what his family and the community are going through. A day has not gone by where the image of this sweet innocent child has not crossed my mind.

  • Kristin

    May this child’s soul find rest and peace, and may his parents be comforted by God’s grace. Please know that everyone who knows of this story is shattered at the loss of this child and for his parents’ grief.

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