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Rest in Peace Leiby Kletzky

by Ilana Angel

July 13, 2011 | 10:18 am

Leiby Kletzky

My heart is broken this morning having awoken to the news that Leiby Kletzky, the 8 year old boy from Brooklyn, who has been missing for two days, has been found dead.  I have been praying for him to be safe and it is so sad that this beautiful child has passed in such an inhuman way.

Leiby went missing on Monday while walking home from his first day camp.  Early this morning his body parts were found both in a dumpster and in the refrigerator of a man who is now in custody.  I cannot wrap my head around how someone is able to hurt a child in this way.  It makes me sick.

The NYPD did a brilliant job of finding this man and the little boy.  After suspect Levi Aron was arrested early this morning, he led the police to the little boy’s body.  He said things that implicated himself, but did not know why he did it.  How do you cut up a little boy as if he were nothing?

The Kletzky family lives in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn.  A safe place where people look out for each other.  This crime is shocking and makes you question the world and what a human being is capable of.  As a mother, this story makes it hard for me to catch my breath.

My heart breaks for the Kletzky family.  It was the first time Leiby was allowed to walk home by himself, and it was only half way.  His parents walked to their meeting spot and he never came.  He must have gotten turned around as he was last seen several blocks off course.

It is sad when a child dies, but this is beyond sadness.  Who kills a child this way?  The beautiful little boy, who wanted to be grown up and walk by himself, has lost his life in a way that shows him no respect as a human being.  It has ripped my heart open and I don’t understand.

I will forever remember this little boy and his desire to be independent and a grown up boy, and every time I hug my son I will be hugging Leiby also.  I cannot stop crying.  I want this little boy back.  I want this man to tell us what happened, then I want to kill him myself.

Rest in peace Leiby.  To Mr. and Mrs. Kletzky I send you my heartfelt condolences.  I wish I could do something or say something to ease your pain.  I am sending you love and compassion.  I shall remember your beautiful son always.  Rest in Peace beautiful boy.  We are keeping the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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