Leader of Detroit synagogue stabbed to death

The leader of a synagogue in the US state of Michigan was found dead on Saturday. Samantha Woll, leader of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, was found dead by emergency workers in Detroit “with multiple stab wounds to her body,” police said. A trail of blood led officers to the 40-year-old’s home near “where the crime was likely committed.” The motive for the crime was initially unclear; police requested assistance from the FBI in the investigation.

The incident comes amid rising tensions between Jewish and Muslim communities in the United States following Hamas’ major attack on Israel on October 7 and Israel’s subsequent retaliation in the Gaza Strip.

Police Chief James White called for patience and warned against jumping to conclusions “until all available evidence has been reviewed.”

Woll was active in the Democratic Party and worked for U.S. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, the Detroit Free Press reported. He also actively supported an organization that brought together young Muslims and Jews.

A statement on the synagogue’s Facebook page said: “We are shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of our board chair, Samantha Woll.”


Source: Vienna


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