Miami-Dade County

Rabbi killed in Northeast Miami-Dade remembered 30 days later

To mark the 30th day since Rabbi Joseph Raksin was shot and killed as he walked to temple in Northeast Miami-Dade, the Orthodox Jewish community gathered Tuesday evening in the spot he died.

Under a white tent, dozens of people joined in prayer to remember Raksin, a 60-year-old father and grandfather, who was visiting from Brooklyn.

His son-in-law, Izzy Labkowski, said the memorial was meant to bring “light to the dark.”

“We have mourned and now it’s time for action,” he said.

Raksin was on his way to Bais Menachem Chabad at 1005 NE 172nd Ter. Aug. 9 when he was stopped by two men at Northeast 175th Street and Eighth Court. No one has been arrested.

On Tuesday, law enforcement personnel from Miami-Dade and North Miami Beach and dignitaries including Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman came to show support. Rabbis from around Miami-Dade and Broward also came out to the ceremony.

Homicide Bureau Lt. George Perez said the investigation is “progressing.”

“We are trying to find the who so we can find the why,” he said. “We are not discounting any motives, which is why we feel this investigation will be successful.”

Miami-Dade police are offering a $3,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. The community has said it will give an additional $50,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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