Bloomberg and Kelly Pay Shivah Call
Community rallies around the mourning Kletzkys
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. ‚ÄúThis is one of the most sad days in this city. Very tragic,‚ÄĚ Bloomberg said afterward. ‚ÄúThe commissioner and I expressed our condolences to the parents and grandparents and siblings, and there‚Äôs not a lot else we can say. I don‚Äôt 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.‚ÄĚ An unsubstantiated cellphone picture shows Bloomberg and Kelly, both donning kippot, sitting at a table with Nachmen Kletzky, Leiby‚Äôs father.
The community continues to feel as though this death were personal. Said Binyomin Ginsburg, who traveled from Minnesota to pay his respects, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre supposed to comfort the mourners, but in a sense, everybody coming is a mourner. We‚Äôre all mourning this child.‚ÄĚ
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