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Funeral Held for Brooklyn Rabbi Killed in Miami

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Family and friends gathered Monday to say goodbye to a Brooklyn rabbi who was killed over the weekend in Miami.

Family, friends, and supporters convened in Borough Park for the funeral of Joseph Raksin, 60.

The group then took part in a procession which wrapped up in Crown Heights.

"A gentle soul. Very quiet. Very respectful he minded his own business. And my son is heartbroken," said Shulamit Steagman, a neighbor.

"I'm in a fog. I'm literally in a fog until today. I mean my crying is done but I'm literally in a fog it's unbelievable that this thing happened," said Rabbi Kalman Shor, a family friend.

Authorities in Miami-Dade say Raksin was shot and killed Saturday morning while walking to a synagogue in Miami.

Raksin, a father of six and grandfather, was visiting his daughter at the time of his death.

Investigators believe he may have been a victim of a robbery that turned deadly.

They are still searching for the two attackers.

Raksin's brother-in-law, Isaac Neworth, says the family believes his killing was motivated by hate, even as police say otherwise.

The family also pointed out that a swastika was recently found on a nearby Miami synagogue.

"Everyone knows that religious Jewish individuals do not carry any money with them on Saturday. Don't carry anything with them as a matter of fact. He was solely going to his synagogue, innocently, just to pray. And there was no such thing as robbery. If the metro Dade police feel that way I suggest they take a look at the neighborhood which has been targeted by grafitti and swastikas and vandalism," Neworth said.

Raksin will be buried at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.

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