By COLlive reporter
Over 300 people attended the funeral Sunday in North Miami Beach for 60-year-old R’ Yosef Raksin, who was shot while walking to Shul Shabbos morning.
In attendance were Head Shliach of Florida Rabbi Avrohom Korf, Miami Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, Rabbi Yosef Marlow of Bais Menachem Shul, and many members of Anash and Shluchim.
“The grief at the funeral was unbelievable,” a woman who attended told COLlive. “Many people were crying hysterically. One reporter was asked if he would like to put on Tefillin in memory of the victim, and he did it for the first time in his life. He said after covering this story and interviewing people from the community he felt so much more connected,” she said.
Raksin, who is a resident of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was in town visiting his daughter and grandchildren. He was shot by two men in broad daylight, as he walked to Bais Menachem Shul in North Miami Beach.
The murder triggered outrage and calls for justice from the local Jewish community and concerned neighbors alike.
According to investigators, the rabbi was walking along Northeast 175th Street and Eighth Court around 9 a.m. on Saturday when two men approached him. Police said an altercation ensued, and one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the rabbi.
Police said the subjects fled the scene, one on foot and the other one on a bicycle.
Raksin’s daughter Shuly Labkowski said she believes her father was targeted because of his religious affiliation. “I believe it was a hate crime,” said Labkowski. “[He was killed] simply because he’s a Jew.”
After passing by Bais Menachem Shul in North Miami Beach, the body will be flown to New York for burial in Cambria Heights, Queens.
The levaya will take place Monday, leaving Shomrei Hadas Chapels at 9:45 am and passing by 770 at 10:45 am.
Shiva will take place at 738 Empire Blvd.
Shacharis will be at 7:30 am
Mincha and maariv will be 7:45 pm
Times to be Menachem avel: 10am-1pm and 4pm-10pm