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. “This is one of the most sad days in this city. Very tragic,” Bloomberg said afterward. “The commissioner and I expressed our condolences to the parents and grandparents and siblings, and there’s not a lot else we can say. I don’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.” An unsubstantiated cellphone picture shows Bloomberg and Kelly, both donning kippot, sitting at a table with Nachmen Kletzky, Leiby’s father.
The community continues to feel as though this death were personal. Said Binyomin Ginsburg, who traveled from Minnesota to pay his respects, “We’re supposed to comfort the mourners, but in a sense, everybody coming is a mourner. We’re all mourning this child.”
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
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.