MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of a rabbi in northeast Miami-Dade, and police are still searching for the gunman.
Police said Rabbi Yoseph Raksin, who was in town from Brooklyn to visit his daughter and grandchildren, was walking to synagogue on the Sabbath when he was shot.
On Wednesday, a single candle marked the spot where the rabbi was shot about 9 a.m. near Bais Menachem, 1005 NE 172nd Terrace. Residents of the predominantly Jewish neighborhood said the crime was still affecting the community.
Police said Raksin was walking on Northeast 175th Street near Eighth Court when two men tried to rob him. But some in the Jewish community still refer to the incident as an anti-Semitic hate crime.
Police said they have stepped up patrols in the area since his death and have asked the community for leads.
Meanwhile, Raksin's family has been traveling around the country in an RV they call "America's Torah," aiming to spread peace around the nation while practicing and teaching the Ten Commandments, the Seven Laws of Noah and writing the Torah.
Police said they have several leads, but have not received enough information to arrest anyone in the case.
"We will get you and I'll tell you, I know you're watching or somebody's watching," community activist Yona Lunger said. "If you know anything, please come forward. We need to put closure to this. Please, the family needs to put closure to this. It's been a year. It's time to come forward."
Raksin was about to celebrate his 60th birthday when he was killed.
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