Just hours after his dismembered body was found, members of Leiby’s close-knit Brooklyn community gathered on Wednesday July 13 to mourn the death of the eight-year-old, murdered by the stranger he stopped to ask for directions.
As Leiby Kletzky‘s accused killer, 35-year-old Levi Aron, was charged with second degree murder after allegedly confessing he took the child’s life “in a panic” — Leiby’s family and friends gathered to say goodbye.
The funeral was delayed as Leiby‘s family struggled to fight their way through the crowds who had turned out to pay their respects.
Once the service was able to begin, his father addressed the crowd saying: “God gives and God takes. Thank you God, for giving you to us for nine years. We have to thank you for what You gave us.
“Pray for your sisters and the rest of your family, including the entire Jewish nation, which is now part of our family.”
— Ian Garland
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