A Borough Park apartment building has been visited by thousands of mourners inside the neighborhood and out as the family of Leiby Kletzky, the slain Hasidic eight-year-old boy, sits shivah.
Among those who stopped by yesterday were Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. â€śThis is one of the most sad days in this city. Very tragic,â€ť Bloomberg said afterward. â€śThe commissioner and I expressed our condolences to the parents and grandparents and siblings, and thereâ€™s not a lot else we can say. I donâ€™t know why God sometimes does some things, but it is what it is, and I think we all should, before we go to bed, take a look at our children and realize how lucky we are to have them.â€ť An unsubstantiated cellphone picture shows Bloomberg and Kelly, both donning kippot, sitting at a table with Nachmen Kletzky, Leibyâ€™s father.
The community continues to feel as though this death were personal. Said Binyomin Ginsburg, who traveled from Minnesota to pay his respects, â€śWeâ€™re supposed to comfort the mourners, but in a sense, everybody coming is a mourner. Weâ€™re all mourning this child.â€ť
Bloomberg, Kelly Visit With the Kletzkys [Vos Iz Neias?]
From Around the Country, Thousands of Mourners Pouring In to Kletzky Home [CBS/Vos Iz Neais?]
Earlier: A Community To Be Proud Of, a Death to Mourn