Jews followed the body in an impromptu cortege
The murder of a 74-year-old Libyan-born Jew in Rome, a pillar of the Jewish community, has shocked the city's Jews. Could it have been an antisemitic crime? Raffi Cohen's wallet and briefcase were left at the scene, Corriere della Sera reports. (With thanks: Eliyahu)
ROME - Rome's Jewish community is in shock. A pensioner, one of the more prominent and beloved of the community, was killed with a knife to the heart in via Lanciani, Rome, on June 13. The man, Raffi Cohen, aged 74, was found stabbed to death inside the gatehouse of the caretaker of the building where he lived in the area of Ponte Lanciani.
On him was found his wallet. His body lay with a deep stab wound to the heart and a head injury, most likely inflicted by a long blade. A neighbour sounded the alarm. Robbery would seem to have been ruled out: nothing was missing from the wallet. The president of the Jewish community, Riccardo Pacifici, rushed to the scene.
Dozens from the Jewish community followed the van bearing the body in an impromptu funeral cortege from the police mortuary, many of them wearing kippot or covering their heads in prayer.
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