HORRIFIC TRAGEDY: Crime Spree Ends With Yeshiva Bochur Shot And Killed In Front Of Denver Yeshiva


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A Yeshiva Bochur was R”L shot and killed in front of the Denver Yeshiva, YWN has learned.

Police say the horrific incident unfolded early Wednesday morning, in front of Yeshiva Toras Chaim, located at 1555 Stuart Street in Denver.

Sources tell YWN that a vehicle drove up and opened fire. The vehicle immediately fled the area. The boy was rushed to a local hospital where he was R”L Niftar.

The victim has been identified as HaBochur Shmuel (Shmuli) Silverberg Z”L (son of Reb Mordechai) from Cleveland. He was 19 years old.

Misaskim was notified in middle of the night, and was working with the authorities and the family.

The Levaya and Kevura will be held in Lakewood, NJ. Time and location will be published when that becomes available.


The Denver Police Department is searching for three vehicles connected to the shooting which Detectives say was a deadly crime spree.

The crime spree started near Colfax Ave. and Grape St. at 10:50 p.m. with a car jacking. No injuries were reported.

Next, a shooting and car jacking took place in the 1500 block of Lafayette St around 11 p.m. One person was critically injured.

The crime spree ended with the fatal shooting of the Yeshiva Bochur at 11:30PM.

Police are looking for three vehicles connected to the crime spree.

  • 2018 maroon Honda CRV, Colorado License Plate: CGOW44
  • 2020 dark blue Toyota Camry, Colorado License Plate: AGNZ29
  • 1998 black Toyota Rav 4, Colorado License Plate: QFO701

The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. If you see the vehicles, call 911. You can also remain anonymous by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

This is a developing story, and YWN will have further updates shortly pending proper notifications.

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  1. A terrible tragedy. It is important to get the correct info out so that the suspects can be apprehended as quickly as possible – a 1998 Toyota Rav4 looks very different than what is shown in the picture. Please correct.

  2. I heard that there will be a press conference by the Denver Police Department at 4:30 MT today.
    Hopefully they will address the real details of what happened last night.

  3. Please know that this is a tragedy not only for the Denver Yeshiva, not only for the Denver Community, this is a tragedy for Klal Yisroel. Klal Yisroel lost a real real Jem. I live in Denver and while I’m not part of the Yeshiva I do frequent the Yeshiva quite often and have had the opportunity to observe this bochur in many situations for the past few years. This was someone who was OUTSTANDING in his Tefila (was consistently at davening 30 minutes before it started) OUTSTANDING in his learning (learnt consistently with great hasmada, constantly talking in learning with his Rabbeim) OUTSTANDING in his caring for his friends and younger Bochrim in the Yeshiva (a younger bachur told me today that Shmuli would call him and others during Bein Hazmanim just to check up on them and see how they were doing etc. ). As was mentioned today in the Hesped of one of Shmuli’s Rebbeim Rav Moshe Chaim Chill Shlit”a: “it seems like Hashem wanted Karbanos – 1 Pillar of Torah, 1 Pillar of Avodah, 1 Pillar of Gemilas Chassadim; and He was able to find one person who could be a Karbon for all 3”
    His Parents (who must be very special) and his Rabbeim and friends in Denver Yeshiva (who I know are very special) should have a Nechama together with all of Klal Yisroel.