Teen arrested in rabbi’s 2014 murder on Northeast Miami-Dade street

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Miami police make arrest in rabbi’s murder.

“He was shot and killed while he was on his way to synagogue in the area of 175th Street and NE 8th Court,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “As a deeply religious orthodox Jew, he was carrying nothing of value as it was the Sabbath.” Early Wednesday morning the Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau announced the arrest of 15-year old DeAndre Charles.

She cannot believe that her 15-year-old son Deandre Charles, a freshman at Miami Norland Senior High School, is accused of shooting and killing the Rabbi.After 16 months of mystery, a DNA match and eyewitness testimony helped identity a 14-year-old student as the killer who gunned down Rabbi Joseph Raksin, who was visiting Northeast Miami-Dade from Brooklyn. “Everyone was talking about it in shul [temple] this morning,” said Yona Lunger, a Miami-Dade Jewish community activist and member of a neighborhood watch group known as the Shmira Patrol. “It couldn’t be better timing then to happen during Hanukkah when each day was a miracle.” Miami-Dade police arrested Deandre Edwin Charles, now 15, at dawn Wednesday after a grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Wednesday morning, Miami-Dade Police officers raided their home on 183rd Street and N.W. 6th Avenue and took bags of evidence into custody, as well as Deandre. “My son was here.

He was a good, kind and caring father and a wonderful individual whose life was cut short by a violent act while visiting his family and grandchildren,” said Raksin’s daughter Shuli Labkowski. “Thank God, justice is not made yet but we are on the way, it’s a step toward justice,”said Raksin’s son-in-law Israel Labkowski. “We don’t live like barbarians, we don’t live in the Middle East or where people can do what ever they think they could do. We have a justice system and police that enforce it and thank God they are doing their job.” “It’s sad that a kid not even 18 could do something like this. The arrest — on the third day of Hanukkah — delivered a a sense of relief for many who had wondered whether the rabbi was targeted because of his faith.

The arrest capped an exhaustive 16-month investigation in which homicide detectives combed through cellphone records, tested evidence for DNA and even relied on a sketch drawn by a neighbor who saw the gunman running from the scene. And if you don’t get it, you murder somebody,” said Labkowski. “I don’t know what his story is, I don’t know what his background is, what he went through, but there is no excuse for an act like that.” When asked what he would tell Charles if he came face to face with him in court, Labkowski replied, “I have to think about it, it will take some time to word it properly, to take off the anger, take off any feelings and see what has to be said.” “I tell you with the deepest sense from the bottom of my heart that we will not rest until the other perpetrators are arrested. Exactly where the DNA was found at the crime scene, and how detectives obtained a sample from Charles, remains shielded from the public as detectives look to build a case against others believed involved in the killing. This is only one step forward.” For more than a year Raksin’s family, the community and law-enforcement have been doing all they can to keep his memory alive and to find his killer. And now, during Hanukkah, they say their prayers have been answered. “We lost a tourist who came to celebrate with his grandchildren his birthday but I guess his grandchildren will celebrate with his soul on Hanukkah, the miracle of lights, may a candle burn forever in protecting all human beings worldwide,” said community activist Yona Lunger.

His whole family knows that,” stepfather Willis Archibald told reporters. “They are pinning this on a young teenager that has a lot of issues but this is ridiculous. I am 100 percent sure that he is innocent.” In August 2012, Miami Beach police arrested Charles and another teen for grand theft after they were accused of stealing a man’s wallet off an Ocean Drive restaurant tabletop.

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