Williamsburg, NY - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Pays Shiva Visit to Raizy Glauberâ€™s Family
Williamsburg, NY â€“ An emotional Christine Quinn was among the steady stream of visitors who paid a shiva call this evening to the parents of Raizy Glauber, 21, who was tragically killed on Saturday night around midnight along with her 21-year-old husband, Nachman, after a hit-and-run driver plowed into the Glauberâ€™s livery car. The couple was laid to rest on Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Glauber, who was 24 weeks pregnant, had become concerned about the state of her unborn child, prompting the young couple to go the hospital on Saturday night. Their car service was en route to a Cobble Hill hospital when it was violently struck by Julio Acevedo. Emergency personnel managed to deliver the Glauberâ€™s newborn, but the baby later succumbed to its injuries and was buried near its parents. The 44-year-old Acevedo surrendered to police today.
According to an eyewitness who observed the interaction between City Council Speaker Quinn and Raizyâ€™s mother, Mrs. Zilberstein, the presumptive mayoral candidate said she had come to convey her sympathies and prayers.
In a photo obtained exclusively by VINNews, a visibly shaken Quinn is seen embracing Glauberâ€™s grieving mother. (Out of respect for the family, VINNews has chosen not to post the photograph). During the visit, Mrs. Zilberstein expressed her faith in God and told the Speaker she accepts â€śGodâ€™s plan.â€ť
In an interview near the site of the crash following her shiva visit, Quinn said, â€śItâ€™s just so terribly sad, such a tragic loss. This lovely couple and their baby and I just really wanted to come on behalf of myself, but [also] all of my colleagues in the Council, and all of the New Yorkers we represent to share with the family and with the mother how sorry we are and how weâ€™re thinking and praying for all of them â€“ how really the entire City is thinking of and praying for all of themâ€¦.â€ť
Quinn also said she is working on getting a much-needed and long-awaited traffic signal installed on Kent Avenue, the site of the accident. Watch the video below:
Interview conducted for VINNews.com, by Heshy Rubinstein from Dee Voch.
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