The family and religious community of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who was abducted and brutally murdered earlier this month, is channeling their grief into a call for good works and acts of lovingkindness in the wake of their tragedy. In their first public statement, released today, Rabbi Nachman and Itta Kletzky expressed gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy and concern they have received, and they called on people to memorialize their son by doing good works and contributing to The Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund.
"Let us perpetuate the feeling of collective responsibility and love expressed during the search for Leiby. An additional act of kindness toward your neighbor, or to those less fortunate than you, can go a long, long way toward perfecting our world," the Kletzkys said in the statement.
The Memorial Fund's website identifies the missions of the fund. It will:
- Help young orphans cope with tragedy
- Help indigent families feed their children
- Help troubled children at risk
- Help needy children falling behind in school
- Help poor parents clothe their children in dignity
- Help critically ill young children
- Help penniless couples to marry
- Help families going through a critical time in their lives
In other news, the attorney for the accused murdered, Levi Aron, told reporters he is stepping down from the case because of "the horrific way this boy was killed."
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