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Brooklyn, NY - From Around The Country, Thousands Of Mourners Pouring In To Kletzky Home

Published on: July 18, 2011 07:24 PM
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Police outside the residence of the Kletzky family, as they await the arrival of NYC Mayor Michal Blomberg, and NYC Police commissioner Raymond Kelly on July 18 2011. Photo: Eli Wohl/VIN NewsPolice outside the residence of the Kletzky family, as they await the arrival of NYC Mayor Michal Blomberg, and NYC Police commissioner Raymond Kelly on July 18 2011. Photo: Eli Wohl/VIN News

Brooklyn, NY - From near and far, the family of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky is surrounded by a grieving community and some are coming from thousands of miles away to pay their respects.

A steady stream of mourners — men, women, a state senator, an NYPD inspector — all have come to the Kletzky home hoping to console the inconsolable.

“Nobody talking. Nobody talk,” said family friend Jacob Vizl, who described the scene upstairs behind closed doors, the family clearly silent, grieving, crushed.

“They’re taking it very, very bad,” said Vizl.

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“It’s quiet, somber,” said retired NYPD Sgt Lawrence Bach.

The Kletzys have been in the Jewish custom of shiva, or seven days of intense mourning. A week ago, the dismembered body of their son was found in two different Brooklyn locations. Levi Aron, 35, was arrested and charged with the boy’s murder.

Those making shiva calls said the visits are brief, no more than three minutes long. It is all the family can bear. The small apartment can only hold about 15 people at one time.

Bach, who spent 12 years on the beat in Borough Park, said he is haunted by Leiby’s father’s anguish.

“You can see the pain on the gentleman’s face. It’s hard to describe,” said Bach. “Only he can feel the pain. You know, it’s tough.”

Binyomin Ginsberg came all the way from Minneapolis, Minn.

“Such a tragedy,” said Ginsberg. “How could I not show support?”

Ginsberg had never met the Kletzkys until now.

“We’re supposed to comfort the mourners, but in a sense, everybody coming is a mourner,” said Ginsberg. “We’re all mourning this child.”

A community of mourners, thousands of them, are coming from far and wide because they couldn’t stay away.

A friend of Leiby Kletzky’s father said he counseled him to concentrate on continuing to raise his family and try to have joy together.


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 Jul 18, 2011 at 07:46 PM maitiv Says:

how do we deal with fact that so so many of our own kinderlach are turning to drugs and even marijuana changes the brain function unless we do more to save them we will have alot of strange hallucinating off the d yidden in our future any ideas

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 07:47 PM ChuchemAtik Says:

The mayor and Kelly were just there. I just came from there. Made the trip from Monsey

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 09:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Its wonderful to see how much support the family is getting from the political and religious leadership of New York. Sadly, however, there are hundreds of other New York families whose children disappear or are killed every year who don't get a fraction of the attention and support. Without taking anything away from the tragedy of the Keltzky family, it would be nice if some of this support could be "reserved" for others who have suffered tragedies.

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 10:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Its wonderful to see how much support the family is getting from the political and religious leadership of New York. Sadly, however, there are hundreds of other New York families whose children disappear or are killed every year who don't get a fraction of the attention and support. Without taking anything away from the tragedy of the Keltzky family, it would be nice if some of this support could be "reserved" for others who have suffered tragedies.

dose anyone know already the exact day of the killing or the murder gave it out the truth ?

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 Jul 18, 2011 at 10:21 PM Lokson-Dryer Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Its wonderful to see how much support the family is getting from the political and religious leadership of New York. Sadly, however, there are hundreds of other New York families whose children disappear or are killed every year who don't get a fraction of the attention and support. Without taking anything away from the tragedy of the Keltzky family, it would be nice if some of this support could be "reserved" for others who have suffered tragedies.

You are very rude, me in your place would also not identify myself and write stupid comments, how many stories of 8 year olds that were butchered up into small pieces for no reason, just cause he asked him directions do you know?

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 12:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Until when are they sitting shiva?

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 06:13 AM lynett Says:

reply to quote #3.
idiot!!never ever did such a story happen to our community or elsewhere in new york city!!!even the lowest of the goyim are horrified!!!next time dont bother writing such a stupid message

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 01:07 AM Joe-Shmoe Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Its wonderful to see how much support the family is getting from the political and religious leadership of New York. Sadly, however, there are hundreds of other New York families whose children disappear or are killed every year who don't get a fraction of the attention and support. Without taking anything away from the tragedy of the Keltzky family, it would be nice if some of this support could be "reserved" for others who have suffered tragedies.

1) I totally agree! Every kid or human that disappears is a real tragedy to the fullest extent. However, face it! "We" are yiddin, which gentiles consider a close nit community, sooo even based on their description we did act like one, where they are of different "communities". Even more Most of us consider other yiddin family! Yes FAMILY. don't know if you do, sounds like you don't. Perhaps for you (based on your opinion) should the like happen to you, you would claim we shouldn't look like for a family member? (I totally disagree on this point).

2) Politicians, Law enforcement personnel etc. react to everything based on the situation. In this one, after sooo many people came out searching, do you really say they shouldnt've responded equaly?

3) Reserving, this is a tremendously high profile story, where there is alot to gain by showing their face. that's why they come!

bottom line, family is family is family. anybody not family is just not family! face it!

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 01:11 AM Rebyid40 Says:

Hamakom Yinachem Eschem Bisoch Shaar Availay Tzion V'Yirushalaem.

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 02:35 AM Anonymous Says:

why does everyone think it is a good thing that so many strangers are piling into the Kletzky's home because they can't keep away. I understand the horror we are all feeling and the desire to try and comfort his family, but unless someone really does know them from before, now is not the time to bombard the family! There are other ways to show support such as writing letters, joining the email condolences etc.. that can give strangers an outlet for the emotion we are all feeling, but to actually show up to be menachem avel at the home right now is probably more of a burden to the family then a help. Certainly politicians who were not involved in the search do not belong there. The only people that should be going should be those who would have gone if Leiby had been niftar in a more usual way. Those people can actually maybe offer some nechoma or at least be a source of support to the family. The rest of us should stay away and do what we can from afar such as say Tehilim, make a kabalah, learn l'ilui neshmoso etc..

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 08:07 AM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

Tens of thousands of complete strangers from around the country pouring into the Kletzkys small apartment in three minute stints when they are already in complete shock? While it may make the visitor feel better, it's hard to see how that comforts the family. I think a card, letter of condolence and donation to a charity in Leibey's name is more appropriate

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 08:27 AM Babishka Says:

How many people who don't even know the Kletsky's are crowding into their apartment just because it's a high profile situation. Instead of being voyeurs at their grief why not think of some other ways to honor the memory of Leiby OB"M. Learn a perek mishnayos, learn a halachah, bake challah, make a donation to a worthy cause like Shomrim or Camp Nechmod.

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 09:00 AM Yawvous Says:

Let's take it to the bottom line here. There will always be those critical of any good deed that it was performed with alterior motives. Just address the facts here: 1) the fact that people come to console the berieved family IS consoling,regardless of the reason. Not showing up is even worse. SO if the community is bonding together to show their feeling, whether in search for Leiby ZL or to console the family, give them the thumbs up. Don't split hairs on technicalities

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Tzi_Bar_David Says:

Tens of thousands of complete strangers from around the country pouring into the Kletzkys small apartment in three minute stints when they are already in complete shock? While it may make the visitor feel better, it's hard to see how that comforts the family. I think a card, letter of condolence and donation to a charity in Leibey's name is more appropriate

I agree, the Kletzkys really do not need yentas that they don't know, coming to overwhelm them now.

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Yawvous Says:

Let's take it to the bottom line here. There will always be those critical of any good deed that it was performed with alterior motives. Just address the facts here: 1) the fact that people come to console the berieved family IS consoling,regardless of the reason. Not showing up is even worse. SO if the community is bonding together to show their feeling, whether in search for Leiby ZL or to console the family, give them the thumbs up. Don't split hairs on technicalities

The word is "ulterior" please take the time to learn how to spell

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
lynett Says:

reply to quote #3.
idiot!!never ever did such a story happen to our community or elsewhere in new york city!!!even the lowest of the goyim are horrified!!!next time dont bother writing such a stupid message

Sorry...but dozens of innocent children and teens were killed last year in NYC by disturbed individuals who they never knew, in drive by shootings and other random events. The forensic details of how they died and how their bodies were disposed of does not take away from the tragedy. Posting no. 3 was careful to say that the intent was not to take away from the Leiby tragedy but a hope that the same support network would reach out to others in similiar need. Leiby death was truly tragic but unfortunately, not a singular event.

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 03:32 PM BubbyS Says:

Reply to #12  
Tzi_Bar_David Says:

Tens of thousands of complete strangers from around the country pouring into the Kletzkys small apartment in three minute stints when they are already in complete shock? While it may make the visitor feel better, it's hard to see how that comforts the family. I think a card, letter of condolence and donation to a charity in Leibey's name is more appropriate

I agree with Tzvi Bar David that inundating the Kletzky's with a parade of strangers, no matter how well meaning, does not seem wise at all.
My daughter is a classmate of one of Leiby's sisters, so she and some friends went. I considered accompanying them, but then decided, since they don't know me, why subject them to another stranger. I continue to feel their pain, daven for their nechama, and think about what I can do in Leiby's zechus.

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 08:59 PM babi1939 Says:

I don't think it's appropiate to be menach avel people you have never met. I think it is pure morbid curiosity and mob mentality.
Just so a yenta can say, "I was by the Kletzkys ." It makes them feel important.

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 Jul 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

why does everyone think it is a good thing that so many strangers are piling into the Kletzky's home because they can't keep away. I understand the horror we are all feeling and the desire to try and comfort his family, but unless someone really does know them from before, now is not the time to bombard the family! There are other ways to show support such as writing letters, joining the email condolences etc.. that can give strangers an outlet for the emotion we are all feeling, but to actually show up to be menachem avel at the home right now is probably more of a burden to the family then a help. Certainly politicians who were not involved in the search do not belong there. The only people that should be going should be those who would have gone if Leiby had been niftar in a more usual way. Those people can actually maybe offer some nechoma or at least be a source of support to the family. The rest of us should stay away and do what we can from afar such as say Tehilim, make a kabalah, learn l'ilui neshmoso etc..

I do agree with you. I'm a little confused about it also. I think that people need some privacy when they're as devastated as the Kletsky's are and, although I know that it is a mitzvah to be menachem avel, I'm not sure that going there as a stranger is the right thing to do.

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 Jul 20, 2011 at 05:11 AM Yawvous Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

The word is "ulterior" please take the time to learn how to spell

TY- I stand corrected.

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