Brooklyn couple slain in Mumbai laid to rest

Thousands of grief-stricken Orthodox Jews prayed and wept Tuesday before the shrouded bodies of Israelis killed in the Mumbai terrorist attacks, among them a couple

BROOKLYN - Thousands of grief-stricken Orthodox Jews prayed and wept Tuesday before the shrouded bodies of Israelis killed in the Mumbai terrorist attacks, among them a couple from Crown Heights.

The six died when gunmen went on a deadly three-day rampage through the Indian city and struck Chabad House, the Mumbai headquarters of the Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement, last Wednesday. Six Israelis were among the 172 dead.

A crowd gathered at Kfar Chabad, the movement's Israel headquarters, to mourn Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, 29, and his 28-year-old wife, Rivka. The two were outreach envoys dispatched to Mumbai as part of the movement's attempt to bring its brand of Judaism to Jews across the world, running an open house aimed mainly at Jewish travelers and merchants.

The couple had a 2-year-old son, Moshe, who was rescued by his Indian nanny. Rivka was six months pregnant when she was killed, a Chabad spokesman, Avraham Berkowitz, said Tuesday.

Members of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish movement in Brooklyn say they woke up before dawn to watch a live feed of the Holtzbergs' funeral from Israel.

AP wire services were used in this report.

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