Grieving loved ones of a Brooklyn rabbi, who was shot in cold blood Saturday morning while heading to temple in Miami, say his murder is a hate crime — while authorities in Florida say it was a random robbery gone bad.
Rabbi Joseph Raksin, 60, was walking by himself, heading to an early morning Shabbat service close to his daughter’s Miami home when two men approached him.
Local police said the incident seems to be a robbery gone bad, adding that there is “no indication of this being a hate crime,” according to Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez.
But Raksin’s friends and family said the loving father of six was targeted.
“It was not a robbery,” said Elehana Giezinsky, 56. “The criminal element in Miami and New York knows that the Orthodox don’t carry money on the Sabbath.”
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