The children of the Jersey City Satmar cheder participated in the funeral procession of Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, 49, who was killed in the JC grocery store last week along with Mindel Leah Ferencz HY”D, 33, and Moshe Hersh Deutsch HY”D, 24.
The children exited the cheder on Monday as the procession passed by on the Jersey City streets on the way to JFK airport, where Rodriguez’s body will be flown to his hometown of Guayaquil, Ecuador to be buried.
Rodriguez died a hero by saving Chaim Deutsch’s life at the expense of his own. Chaim and his cousin Moshe had entered the grocery store minutes before the shooters entered. Moshe was gunned down but Chaim was only wounded and managed to run to the back door where Rodriguez had preceded him. Despite the life-threatening situation, Rodriguez opened the door and allowed Chaim to go out before him. Seconds later, Rodriguez was gunned down.
Rodriguez left behind a wife and 11-year-old daughter, who was born to the couple after experiencing ten years of infertility.
Rodriguez’s wife, Martha Friere Rodriguez, tearfully said earlier this week: “My husband was a good husband and a good father” adding that she has already forgiven the murderers and that she prays for the murderers and their families.
She also thanked the “Jewish community that learned how to love my husband and was there for him and embraced him.”
Rodriguez’s brother, William Rodríguez Barzola, told The New York Times that his brother worked as a financial manager for an insurance company in Ecuador but lost his job when the company closed down. He moved to New Jersey with his family but couldn’t find a similar job due to the language barrier. Instead, he found work at the kosher grocery store and worked there six days a week for over a year.
“My brother was an extraordinary man, kind, hardworking and always willing to serve others,” his sister Ketty Rodriguez told CNN.
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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)