Officials announce that a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a synagogue leader in Detroit has been taken into custody.
In what has been described as a horrific hate crime, synagogue leader Samantha Woll was stabbed to death outside her home on Oct. 21.
Her death is thought by many to be part of the spike in antisemitic violence following the Hamas terror attack on Israel and the Israeli retaliatory response.
Detroit Police Chief James White, however, has insisted there was no evidence the murder was a hate crime.
“We believe that this particular incident was not motivated by antisemitism,” White said, “and that this suspect acted alone.” White added that there were “several factors” that led to that conclusion but declined to elaborate.
His assessment has been challenged by many on social media channels.
In reporting on the arrest, White said: “While this is an encouraging development in our desire to bring closure for Ms. Woll’s family, it does not represent the conclusion of our work in this case.”
Noting his department still considered the investigation “open,” he added: “The details of the investigation will remain confidential at this time to ensure the integrity of the important steps that remain.”
The New York Post reported Woll’s body was found was found in the Lafayette Park neighborhood, east of downtown.
Police responded to a 911 call from the person who found the body at about 6:30 a.m. Woll had reportedly attended a wedding celebration in the area the night before — leaving at approximately 12:30 a.m.
Woll, 40, was a human rights activist and was well-loved in her community. She served as president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Detroit Synagogue since 2022.
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