Brooklyn, NY - Park Slope Auto Shop Puts Up Memorial for Leiby Kletzky
Brooklyn, NY - As soon as the crime scene tape was removed from the Fourth Avenue auto repair shop where the body of Leiby Kletzky, HYâ€™D, was found in a dumpster, the devastated owners of Park Slope Auto replaced it with a memorial to the murdered boy. Consisting of a newspaper photograph of Leiby, some candles, flowers and teddy bears, the memorial was created to send a clear message of support to the Kletzky family and the entire Jewish community, from the owners of the Muslim owned business.
â€śWe want the family and the community to know that they are not alone,â€ť said manager Nick Russo in an interview with VIN News. â€śNo matter what religion you are, we are all human, all descendants of Adam and Eve. It is up to us all to stick together so that we can all cope with this devastating tragedy.â€ť
Russo said that the neighborhood, normally bustling and lit up at night, has been eerily quiet as residents, in a state of shock, are afraid to leave their homes.
Park Slope Auto has another shop in Borough Park and Russo says he has only the highest regard for the Jewish community and says while all of Brooklyn has been devastated by this crime, he understands that for residents of Borough Park the grief is unimaginable.
â€śThe Jewish community is a strong, closely connected community. When one finger gets hurt, the whole arm is in pain. We have many Jewish customers and we know who you are, what kind of nation you are. You will come together for the sake of the family and help them through this terrible ordeal. I only hope that G-d will help ease the pain in that motherâ€™s heart.â€ť
Russo hopes that by putting up the memorial Borough Park residents will realize just how strongly this tragedy has affecting surrounding neighborhoods as well.
â€śWho ever imagined that something like this could happen in Borough Park? We see shootings in Park Slope, we see drugs, but for something like this to happen to a child, what is this world coming to? This will be devastating until the end of time.â€ť
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