Hundreds bid farewell to Brooklyn Rabbi Joseph Raksin, killed in Florida shooting

Family and friends are saying a final goodbye to an Orthodox rabbi from Crown Heights who was shot in Florida over the weekend. Hundreds of

Police say the 60-year-old rabbi was shot while

Police say the 60-year-old rabbi was shot while visiting family in Miami.

BROOKLYN - Family and friends gathered to mourn the death of an Orthodox rabbi from Crown Heights who was shot in Florida over the weekend.

Hundreds of people lined up in front of the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters on Eastern Parkway to remember 60-year-old Joseph Raksin, who they say was a cherished, longtime member of their community.

According to police, Raksin was visiting his daughter in Miami when he was killed by two young men while walking to a synagogue on Saturday. Investigators don't believe the shooting was a hate crime, and say it may have started as a robbery; however, his loved ones disagree with that possible motive.  

Raksin was airlifted to a hospital, but later passed away from his injuries. He will be laid to rest at the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

Authorities have not yet made any arrests. One of the suspects is said to have fled the scene on foot, while the other got away on a bicycle.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Barre originates from ballet, and similarly aims to 1 Ready, Set, Fit: Barre
Three people are accused of breaking into the 2 3 accused of breaking into Brooklyn laundromat
Tensions are high for some public school parents 3 Bushwick parents calling out DOE for charter school plans
The MTA announced the 3 station in East 4 MTA: 3 train station to reopen in March
An 8-year-old who has shown his appreciation for 5 8-year-old spreads police appreciation message

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez says there is Rabbi killed in Florida; police say no hate crime

Police and Jewish community leaders say an Orthodox rabbi from New York was fatally shot

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE