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Borough Park, NY - In a coordinated effort, Boro Park, Flatbush and Williamsburg Shomrim are conducting an extensive search tonight in Brooklyn, NY for a nine year old boy who did not come home from day camp this afternoon.

Leibby Kletzky left the Boyan Day Camp located at 1205 44th Street at approximately 5 PM this afternoon.  The missing youngster, who answers to the name Leibby, has light brown hair, black glasses and was wearing a grey and light blue striped shirt, navy pants, black sneakers, a blue knapsack bearing the words “Nechmod Day Camp” at the time of his disappearance.  Surveillance cameras from nearby businesses show the boy walking up 13th Avenue to 50th Street but there is no footage of Leibby after that point.

Boro Park Shomrim has set up a command center at 15th Avenue and 57th Street and volunteers are canvassing the area, searching stores, bathrooms and alleyways.  The NYPD has been called in along with special K9 units to aid in the search. NYPD helicopters are currently in the air doing an aerial search as well.

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“We ask everyone in Brooklyn to take a few minutes to walk out of their houses and search, their backyards, their driveways and their blocks,” said Chaim Deutsch CEO Of Flatbush Shomrim, in an interview with VIN News.

Deutsch indicated that it was too early to speculate if there is any evidence of foul play in this matter. Shomrim also requested that people check their Shuls for the missing boy, paying special attention to the bathrooms.

The public is requested to say Tehillim for the safe return of Yehuda ben Esther.

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Police, Shomrim checking Shuls in Borough Park. Photo: Shimon GifterPolice, Shomrim checking Shuls in Borough Park. Photo: Shimon Gifter
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 Jul 12, 2011 at 12:32 AM Anonymous Says:

YEHUDA BEN ITA ESTHER!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 12:42 AM Thinker Says:

He might be locked in a store. he is a kid - not a baby (to think positive) if he would've been on the street he would get a way to pick up a phone to his parents no matter how far he is, obviously he is either stuck somewhere or - I would suggest every store owner to have the decency to get out of the pj's and return to his store for a checkup.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 12:48 AM Anonymous Says:

I live in Boro Park and hear helicopters hovering and was wondering what was going on. Then I read this article here. So, they must be looking for the child. I hope that they find him soon!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 12:56 AM mommy25 Says:

sooo sad # 2 i hope you are right and he wasnt chas vsholom kidnapped.... my heart goes out to him and his family please everyone daven please please please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 12:57 AM DoubleCheck Says:

Please check the Basement/Mikvah/BathRoom/VeiberShul/Attic/Roof of the B"M next door to your house...

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 12:58 AM amberalert Says:

Why isn’t this on amber alert

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:00 AM moshemecanic Says:

We ask all these men out there to come to commend center and help out the kid might be stuck somewhere without food time is running out please help out

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:05 AM torahisthebest Says:

pls boro park people get ont of bed and help search in 13th ave area.......

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:21 AM eyesopen Says:

i just walked with my wife 17 and 18 ave from 44 to 53 with paying attention to the sides of the street.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:24 AM amberalert Says:

In such case we need to expect the worse, chas vsholom. we need to search beyond B.P. post this on amber alert’s website ,contact the border control, set up check point, and review not only the security cameras on 13th ave but all neighboring streets from privet homes. lets pray for his safe return

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:25 AM tattale Says:

Everyoneis trying to help as much as possible. מי כעמך ישראל

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:27 AM scared Says:

im very afraid to say this but is there a chance he was kidnapped?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:39 AM Anonymous Says:

where does lieby kletzky live?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:39 AM Barryfrombrooklyn Says:

Where does the 13th Avenue bus lead to?
Maybe he got on, fell asleep and woke up at the last stop and was told to get off there.
He's 9, may not have a quarter in his pocket and might be afraid to ask a goy for help.
He may be roaming there.
Poor kid. I hope they find him very soon.
I can't leave my house at this hour but I am praying that he's found very soon.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:40 AM bracha18 Says:

im so scared. please HaShem help us find him!!! oy! no one should ever go through this tzaar.... gut in himmel hub rachmones.....there r so many possibilties......dehydration, stuck in a store and lo aleinu i dont want to think of worse...all the above comments are good advice.... daven, tzedaka...i called kupat hair and when i said why i was calling they said many ppl have called tonight for this little boy. may the zechus of our tefillos, achdus, tzeddaka and love for a child we dont even know move the heavens and may we hear good news immediately!
where can he be?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:41 AM Anonymous Says:

We need to start spreading out in diffident location's this no jokes

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:41 AM Nervous Says:

13th Avenue was pretty empty today. He could've been lured to a side street and just pulled into a car. Most blocks I was walking on were empty. I hope he's found soon. I hear they're checking all stores on 13 their cameras.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:44 AM Anonymous Says:

I would follow other way around 12 going to dahill rd ,this is scary

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:50 AM thilim Says:

Let's all say Thilim

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:53 AM anything could happen Says:

Reply to #12  
scared Says:

im very afraid to say this but is there a chance he was kidnapped?

Anything could happen It talks about the mother what about the father.
Are there siblings aunt uncles .
Could it be he is in his home? Far fetched no> Last time 2 cases children
where found under the table.
Anyhow lets daven and great work from all of klall yisroels volunteers
thanks ever so much

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:54 AM simple613 Says:

Bezrat hashem I will wake up to see that this child is found. Amen!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:57 AM Anonymous Says:

is ruchy a 9th grader his sister

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:19 AM Jacob-BP Says:

How can I help?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:32 AM Anonymous Says:

did they find this poor innocent kid? cant sleep need to know tht he is safe! anybody knows whts going on like more details?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
scared Says:

im very afraid to say this but is there a chance he was kidnapped?

you should check the roofs of all schools houses shuls stores ect.
you should also check the train stations and trains

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:43 AM iluvlife Says:

Reply to #12  
scared Says:

im very afraid to say this but is there a chance he was kidnapped?

if you are very afraid to say it, then why on earth did you???!!!!
stay positive, believe and pray!!!!!!!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
scared Says:

im very afraid to say this but is there a chance he was kidnapped?

what is wrong with you?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

YEHUDA BEN ITA ESTHER!

I searched up and down 13th avenue but all I found were double parked cars and people talking on cellphones

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 03:12 AM sim Says:

any updates?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 03:35 AM shooki Says:

I hope they find him right away but the parents need a lot of strength until then. You could go crazy not knpwing where your child is. Hashem yerachem. People.please don't take anything for granted anymore, thanks hashem ever night when you tuck all your kids under their blanket.. Besires toives

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 04:19 AM benvin Says:

Shomrim looking for volunteers to help in the search.
Please come to 15av & 57st at 5:30am

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 05:40 AM Rifka Says:

Amber alert should have been notified right away, I hope it was done.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 06:07 AM mottel Says:

All these deah-zoggers on here "check the trains, check the rooves". I know you mean well but surely shomrim and the police know where to check. Save your opinion and go volunteer your actual help!
And #12 - why do you have to give your opinion at all? Bitachon... it's not for you to pronounce "the worst". How does it help anyone? You think it hasn't crossed anyone else's mind?!? They just didn't want to give a pitchon peh.
Hashem should help that he be found safe and sound

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 06:51 AM Anonymous Says:

To everyone who is trying to be helpful and suggesting Amber Alert ...

First, trust me, the authorities know about this service.

Second, Amber Alert is used when there is reasonable belief that a child has been abducted and there is enough information available for the public to spot the suspect or vehicle.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:14 AM Anonymous Says:

In this heat he may well have decided to take a rest somewhere off the avenue, especially if it was a long walk home & he was hot & thirsty. Saying Tehillim.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:21 AM Anonymous, Too Says:

And exactly what is wrong with posting the correct name?

Should we just pray for Ploni ben Plonis?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:23 AM chaim Says:

Reply to #11  
tattale Says:

Everyoneis trying to help as much as possible. מי כעמך ישראל

Of course we all hope and pray the boy is found safe, but why would you throw in a "mi k'amcha yisroel" here? Even in a situation like this we have to act all smug and superior? Aren;t you aware that every time a child (or anyone for that matter) in any neighborhood or town is missing, hundreds if not thousands of people from that community search tirelessly for the missing person? This is not a "Jewish" trait. It's called being human. We see stories like this all the time. Are you that shut off from the outside world?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:29 AM heyward Says:

it might be possiable he stood over at a freinds house. Lets all pray that he will call into his house that he is safe.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:35 AM Butterfly Says:

If he was waiting at 50th street, did anybody check the B11 bus drivers?? Both ways??

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:44 AM Anonymous Says:

How far did he have to walk from the camp to his home? It was very hot yesterday @ 5:00PM. Maybe he rested in someone's yard or an empty lot.

Oy, I pray he is found safe very soon. His poor family!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:46 AM chavi Says:

What is wrong with you? Of course it makes a difference!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 07:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Sometimes you can look & look in one place & go back yet again & there is the missing item/person. Shuls especially are good places to go unnoticed, especially for a tired little boy. Maybe it's time to check every Shul & shtiebel in the vicinity again.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 08:04 AM Anonymous Says:

in the zechus of his yiddishe mame he should return home safe and sound! HE is the one in danger so the least we could do is get HIS name right!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 08:33 AM sim Says:

Reply to #38  
chaim Says:

Of course we all hope and pray the boy is found safe, but why would you throw in a "mi k'amcha yisroel" here? Even in a situation like this we have to act all smug and superior? Aren;t you aware that every time a child (or anyone for that matter) in any neighborhood or town is missing, hundreds if not thousands of people from that community search tirelessly for the missing person? This is not a "Jewish" trait. It's called being human. We see stories like this all the time. Are you that shut off from the outside world?

Read it and weep.
A Facebook post by Kristin Thorne, a reporter for CBS News states “I’ve never seen such a community effort to find a missing child.”

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 09:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Barryfrombrooklyn Says:

Where does the 13th Avenue bus lead to?
Maybe he got on, fell asleep and woke up at the last stop and was told to get off there.
He's 9, may not have a quarter in his pocket and might be afraid to ask a goy for help.
He may be roaming there.
Poor kid. I hope they find him very soon.
I can't leave my house at this hour but I am praying that he's found very soon.

Barry,
this is very smart. if he wasn't kidnapped in actuaility, this is probably the best option for what happened. you should tell this to the police or shomrim or whatever instead of just posting here! they may not have thought of this. its very possible he's wandering around somewhere lost, out of his comfort zone, in a place alien to him, and he's scared of talking to anyone he doesn't look like him

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 09:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Barryfrombrooklyn Says:

Where does the 13th Avenue bus lead to?
Maybe he got on, fell asleep and woke up at the last stop and was told to get off there.
He's 9, may not have a quarter in his pocket and might be afraid to ask a goy for help.
He may be roaming there.
Poor kid. I hope they find him very soon.
I can't leave my house at this hour but I am praying that he's found very soon.

they should also talk to all drivers that were on route in that time frame, show pictures of the kid, then check surveillance cameras from the areas where the bus ended up, although if this is the right scenario,hopefully he didnt get off on a stop before the end, because then there's way too many places he could be!

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 09:57 AM naysayer Says:

Check out all known pedophiles, I have a gut feeling he was abducted by a pedophile. I hope that I am wrong.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 10:04 AM chaim Says:

Reply to #45  
sim Says:

Read it and weep.
A Facebook post by Kristin Thorne, a reporter for CBS News states “I’ve never seen such a community effort to find a missing child.”

Just because in the emotion of the moment a reporter (and who knows how many stories like this she's covered) makes such a statement doesn't negate the point that whenever a horrible event like this happens in non-Jewish communities, thousands of people tirelessly search for the missing person. Or do you deny that? Why do we have this constant need to tell ourselves we're so much better than others? Could it be we're worried we aren't?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM Michelle004 Says:

Reply to #6  
amberalert Says:

Why isn’t this on amber alert

This should be a Amber Alert.. its a kid missing Wow

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM max Says:

the next 24 to 48 hours are critical. for many reasons.
Shomrim should focus their efforts and resource almost exclusively outside of borough park, no time to waist. Check the nieghbouring areas. around Sears Parking Lot (Beverly/Cortelou streets), and Target store area in south flatbush, marine park, bensonhurst.
NYPD should look along South Shore PKWY section between Verrazano Bridge and ToysRUS store, focus on parked cars in secluded areas. Also CHECK the wooded area on and around Plum Beach off from Bay Pkwy, act in timely fashion.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM Yamamai Says:

Reply to #39  
heyward Says:

it might be possiable he stood over at a freinds house. Lets all pray that he will call into his house that he is safe.

His whole class was woken up and questioned

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM Truth Says:

Reply to #49  
chaim Says:

Just because in the emotion of the moment a reporter (and who knows how many stories like this she's covered) makes such a statement doesn't negate the point that whenever a horrible event like this happens in non-Jewish communities, thousands of people tirelessly search for the missing person. Or do you deny that? Why do we have this constant need to tell ourselves we're so much better than others? Could it be we're worried we aren't?

Well said. Stop with the Gaivah and go and volunteer if you live in NY.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 12:29 PM tattale Says:

Reply to #38  
chaim Says:

Of course we all hope and pray the boy is found safe, but why would you throw in a "mi k'amcha yisroel" here? Even in a situation like this we have to act all smug and superior? Aren;t you aware that every time a child (or anyone for that matter) in any neighborhood or town is missing, hundreds if not thousands of people from that community search tirelessly for the missing person? This is not a "Jewish" trait. It's called being human. We see stories like this all the time. Are you that shut off from the outside world?

Chaim; you're right that in other communities residents DO help in the search, but like this, a whole night thousands of people were up ,and those that weren't helping just plain couldn't sleep being משתתף in this person's greif. ONCE AGAIN: מי כעמך ישראל

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:47 PM Phineas Says:

If a third party was invovled in the disappearance they must consider the fact that it is probaby easier for a Chassidic adult to walk off with a CHassidic child than for a non-Jew to do so.

Perhaps the police can ask people in nearby buildings to consent to a search of their apartments. Once all of the stores and common areas are checked, that leaves residences. All registered offenders must also be questioned.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 01:49 PM Observer Says:

Reply to #49  
chaim Says:

Just because in the emotion of the moment a reporter (and who knows how many stories like this she's covered) makes such a statement doesn't negate the point that whenever a horrible event like this happens in non-Jewish communities, thousands of people tirelessly search for the missing person. Or do you deny that? Why do we have this constant need to tell ourselves we're so much better than others? Could it be we're worried we aren't?

Let's mak e a Pshora; he shouldn't have said it (even if it's true, beacuse it doesn't sit well with the Mah Yufis crowd) ; but you shouldn't have said it either. Now let's join in the search.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:10 PM republic Says:

There is a prayer from rabbi meir baal hanes that one can say for a lost object-perhaps for a missing person?

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 02:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #34  
mottel Says:

All these deah-zoggers on here "check the trains, check the rooves". I know you mean well but surely shomrim and the police know where to check. Save your opinion and go volunteer your actual help!
And #12 - why do you have to give your opinion at all? Bitachon... it's not for you to pronounce "the worst". How does it help anyone? You think it hasn't crossed anyone else's mind?!? They just didn't want to give a pitchon peh.
Hashem should help that he be found safe and sound

If they knew where to check they would have found him already.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 03:04 PM Chaim Says:

Reply to #54  
tattale Says:

Chaim; you're right that in other communities residents DO help in the search, but like this, a whole night thousands of people were up ,and those that weren't helping just plain couldn't sleep being משתתף in this person's greif. ONCE AGAIN: מי כעמך ישראל

I'm sorry, but again you show a very insular view. You don't know that routinely in other communities people are up all night -- sometimes more than one night -- searching for missing people? Sometimes these searches go on for days and even weeks, and people by the thousands volunteer in shifts. We see this just about every time something like this happens. Again, it's not a "Jewish " trait to care so deeply about others. Why do we pretend only Yiddin have deep emotions and feelings? We sound mamash like idiots when we make such claims.

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 03:50 PM Anonymous Says:

i would bet it all on this kid being right within the search radius in some sicko chassidish guy's apartment, right under everyone's noses. i have no doubt that he would have went with some chassidish man because he's a naive young kid and doesn't know anything about the world. poor kid, he never stood a chance

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 Jul 12, 2011 at 05:07 PM Observer Says:

Reply to #60  
Anonymous Says:

i would bet it all on this kid being right within the search radius in some sicko chassidish guy's apartment, right under everyone's noses. i have no doubt that he would have went with some chassidish man because he's a naive young kid and doesn't know anything about the world. poor kid, he never stood a chance

Now that you have bet it all; give us where to reach you when you loose the bet. It looks like there are non chassidish sicko guys too.

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 Jul 13, 2011 at 04:24 AM Dmalka Says:

Check the Aron hakodesh where the sefrai torah is!

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 Jul 13, 2011 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

To the person who asked about why it's necessary to have the correct name:

well, I hope that you're happy now that the poor boy A"H is dead!

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