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Rabbi Shot, Killed Walking to Miami Temple



    (Published Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014)

    Police are searching for two suspects who shot and killed an Orthodox rabbi while he was walking to his temple in North Miami Beach on Saturday morning.

    Miami-Dade Police said 60-year-old Joseph Raksin was walking on the 800 block of NE 175th Street around 9 a.m. when two young males approached him. Raksin was shot during the altercation.

    Raksin was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where he died.

    The two suspects fled the scene, one on a bike and one on foot, according to police. Police do not yet have a good description of the shooters, and say there are no signs that this was a hate crime.

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    Neighbors, however, disagree, referencing a swastika that had been painted on a synagogue down the block two weeks ago.

    The neighborhood is in a heavily-populated orthodox Jewish community with 11 synagogues in the area.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Miam-Dade Crimestoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.