JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Details are emerging about the victims of Tuesday’s deadly shootout in Jersey City.
Jersey City Police Det. Joseph Seals was fatally shot in the head at around 12:30 p.m. at Bay View Cemetery off Garfield Avenue. Police said his killers then drove a stolen U-Haul van to a kosher grocery store on Martin Luther King Boulevard and opened fire, killing three innocent bystanders.
Rabbi David Niederman said those victims had lived or currently live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Among those killed were Mindel Ferencz, a wife and mother of five.
It was an emotional day following yesterday’s traumatic events. Thousands of people filled the streets here to mourn, pay their respects and remember their loved ones.
Mourners filled the streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as the body of the 31-year-old Ferencz was carried out in front of the Satmar Shul on Rodney Street, before it was transported to Jersey City for a funeral service.
Later, the body of 24-year-old Deutsch that arrived to thousands gathered for his funeral.
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“Mindel Ferencz, may she rest in peace, was a pioneer. She and her husband were from the first people who moved to Jersey City, who could not afford a home for their growing family and figured, ‘let’s go to places where it’s cheaper, and I’ll make an example and go there. I’ll open a grocery store so that families can go and shop locally,’” said Rabbi Niederman. “Therefore growing the community, alleviating the pain of so many — thousands of families — who live under unbearable conditions.”
“She was a lady full of love for others,” he added. “Unfortunately, her life was cut so short.”
Ferencz was set to celebrate her 33rd birthday in two weeks, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported.
Moshe Deutsch, 24, son of prominent Jewish leader Abe Deutsch, was also killed.
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“Moshe, himself, studied, found his time to help not only his peers from his yeshiva but other kids, and he was one of the major organizers in the major food drive that 2,000 families get every year,” said Niederman.
Deutsch volunteered with Chai Lifeline, an international group that works with sick children.
“Moshe spent hours a week just putting a smile on sick children’s faces,” Chai Lifeline CEO Rabbi Simcha Scholar said. “He was a good person, an energetic person that had a future in front of him. He was cut down in a devastating, cruel, wicked event.”
Seals was a member of the Jersey City PD since 2006.
Mayor Steven Fulop said he was well known throughout the city.
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“We cried with the family. It’s one of the hardest things you have to see in your entire life,” he said. “Nobody expected, I’m sure, Det. Seals not to return home. I’m sure his children expected him to return home.”
Seals, 39, left behind a wife and five children.
The other victim has been identified as Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49, a worker at the store.
“May he rest in peace. He served all the people of that restaurant fairly,” Niederman said.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced for the 49-year-old.
During a press conference on Wednesday, U.S Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito warned members of the community eager to help the vimctims’ families monetarily to watch out for fake GoFundMe pages.
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“I can’t believe what I’m about to say, but on top of the tragedy of yesterday, we found out last night that a reprehensible group of people are online trying to profiteer off of the misfortune of others, and their creating fake GoFundMe pages to try and solicit donations purportedly for the families of these victims to line their pockets. I can’t — no words — I can’t find the words of how disgusting this conduct is,” Carpenito said. “If anyone has any information about any of these pages or if you have donated money to any pages that were set up last night for any of the victims, you should contact the FBI.”
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