NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The family of a murdered Brooklyn landlord whose torched body was found on Friday has increased a reward in hopes of catching the killer or killers.
Relatives also defended Menachem “Max” Stark, a day after a New York Post cover story about the slaying called Stark a “slumlord” and included the headline “Who didn’t want him dead?”
As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, the relatives and friends spoke of the pain felt by Stark’s widow and her children.
“Children do not have a father. A wife doesn’t have a husband,” said Rabbi David Niederman, a family friend. “Why? What did he do?”
Stark was a wealthy real estate developer and a father of seven.
Surveillance video shows Stark being abducted late Thursday night outside his office on Rutledge Street in South Williamsburg when two suspects struggled with him and forced him into a light-colored 2006 or 2007 Dodge Caravan.
A day later, Stark’s body was found inside a Dumpster at a Getty gas station on Cuttermill Road in Great Neck, Long Island.