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Ghastly murder of Jewish child in NY

NEW YORK — The body of an eight-year-old Brooklyn boy who disappeared while walking home from camp this week was found, a suspect was arrested in his murder.

The discovery of the dismembered boy’s body comes after a massive search for the boy which included police and hundreds of volunteers, most from the Orthodox community.

Leiby Kletzky had been missing since Monday, July 11.

Part of his dismembered body reportedly was found Wednesday morning in a dumpster in Brooklyn and the rest was discovered inside the refrigerator of a Brooklyn apartment of a suspect, who was arrested and is being questioned by police.

Police had checked the dumpster since its lid was open, the New York Daily News reported.

The New York Post reported that the suspect who was questioned and arrested is Levi Aron. Police arrested the 35-year-old Aron, who they say made incriminating statements, at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.The suspect, according to the Post, lives alone in his apartment, in a building shared with his parents. Aron once had a summons for urinating in public but otherwise did not have a criminal record.

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the Daily News that the suspected killer is Jewish. The Daily News reported that three suspects are in custody.

Leiby went missing after walking home from camp for the first time. He was supposed to meet his parents three blocks from the camp, halfway from his home.

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The boy reportedly was seen on surveillance videos following the man who was later arrested.

Hikind, who represents this section of Brooklyn and often speaks for the chasidic communities that reside there, said the boy was the only son of the Kletzky family. The couple has four daughters, and the husband works as a driver for a private car service.

“Everybody is absolutely horrified,” Hikind told AP. “Everyone is in total shock, beyond belief, beyond comprehension . . . to suddenly disappear and then the details . . . and the fact someone in the extended community . . . it’s awful,” he said.

Agudath Israel of America said in a statement:

“The circumstances of this young boy’s death are shocking and horrifying . . . we join the entire community in expressing our tremen- dous gratitude to the New York City Police dept., the FBIand local government officials for their round-the-clock efforts in leaving no stone unturned in their search; and we hope and trust that the perpetrator of this murder of an innocent boy will swiftly be brought to justice.”


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