The Miami-Dade Police Department held a news conference on the murder investigation of a New York rabbi, who was gunned down while walking to temple on the Sabbath.
The conference was held at 10 a.m. in front of the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters in Doral.
“On Saturday, Aug. 9 at 9:00 in the morning, Rabbi Yosef Raksin, who had come down from Brooklyn, New York to meet with family, on his way to temple to observe the Sabbath. While en route to temple, he was heinously gunned down by subjects,” said Criminal Investigations Division Chief Alfredo Ramirez. “I could assure you that the Miami-Dade Police Department is utilizing all of its resources to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime. I can also tell you that we’re working with community leaders so that we can put an end to this.”
Homicide Bureau Maj. Hector L. Llevat said, “We as a police department need additional information. We know that there are those in the community that may be witnesses that potentially heard something or know who committed this act. We need those individuals to come forward.”
Authorities said preliminary investigation reveals that there are no indications that Raksin’s murder was a hate crime, however they are not ruling out as a motive.
MDPD Chaplain Rabbi Pinchas A. Weberman also spoke at the news conference. “We just experienced a very dark day this past Sabbath with the murder of Yosef Raksin. We’re coming out of this darkness and the Lord God will enlighten our darkness,” he said. “Yosef Raksin went to his eternal rest and we shall come out of this darkness not with despair, not with lack of hope, not with hate but with courage and confidence that the evil will be vanquished and good will prevail.”