At WCBS Newsradio 880, we’ve been counting down the top 11 Tri-State Area news stories of 2011. Number 8, suggested by a listener on our Facebook page, is the most horrific story most of us can remember covering.
The Brooklyn district attorney’s office began placing special stickers in storefront windows Tuesday letting children know it is a safe place to go for help in the event of an emergency.
“It hurts too much to think about it,” Aron reportedly said, discussing what he calls “the incident.”
Psychiatrists have also determined that Aron is mentally competent to stand trial and that he understands the charges against him.
The abduction and killing of Leiby Kletzky has Borough Park so wounded, families have vowed never to speak of it again — only to break the vow.
“The ache in our hearts will remain forever,” Nachman and Itta Kletzky wrote in a statement. “We are certain that Leiby is now looking down from heaven and blessing us all.”
Levi Aron faces up to life in prison without possibility of parole if convicted, Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes announced early Wednesday evening. Aron’s arraignment is scheduled for July 28.
It has been a week since the dismembered body of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky was found, and today CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman has learned exclusive details regarding the case.
On Monday morning, more boxes of evidence were collected and removed from Levi Aron’s Kensington, Brooklyn home. Over the weekend, investigators took dozens of pieces of evidence, including furniture and his car.
It’s been a working weekend for the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, which is trying to make sure the case is air-tight against Leiby Kletzky’s alleged killer, Levi Aron.
They are the first line of defense in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods and when 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky went missing, they were the first to respond.
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.
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.
The nightmare in Brooklyn continued Friday afternoon as police dug in the backyard of the home of accused killer Levi Aron. Meanwhile, the family of Leiby Kletzky is thanking all who have kept them in their thoughts and prayers.
In between games, players of the Jewish Softball League in Crown Heights and members of the community stepped out onto the field Thursday night to pay tribute to 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.