Brooklyn Boy Found Dead
July 14, 2011 by USA Post
Brooklyn Boy Found Dead, Two days of frantic search for a missing Brooklyn boy 8 years old, ended Wednesday with the discovery of his dismembered body dark, the victim of what authorities called a “totally random” kidnapping by a stranger.
The search for Kletzky Leiby, who disappeared on Monday after he left their camp in the city park to meet his family, led detective’s attic Aron Levi crowded after 2 am Wednesday.
He asked where the child was left, Mr. Aron nodded toward the kitchen, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
They found a macabre scene, stained towels stuffed in a plastic bag, black, blood stains on the handle of the refrigerator and three large carving knife and the inside of the cutting board. Inside the freezer, detectives found the boy’s feet in a plastic bag, a police official said.
Mr. Kelly said the 35-year-old Mr. Aron, who has no criminal record other than a citation for a minor infraction, “made statements implicating himself in the death of Kletzky Leiby.”
Mr. Aron was charged with murder Wednesday night. A lawyer for Mr. Aron could not be reached for comment.
Detectives traced video after Mr. Aron leads to the dentist’s office, which ruled Wednesday that the suspect had paid a bill with a credit card at about 5:30 pm Monday.
There is no evidence that the child was sexually abused, police said. Stranger abductions are extremely rare in New York: Of about 20,000 children who disappeared in 2010 throughout the state, a stranger, according to state statistics, took none.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Michael Kivel, whose daughter, Deborah Parnell, married Mr. Aron.
According to Mr. Kivel, Mr. Aron was living in Memphis, Tennessee, for three to four years and worked at a Kroger grocery store and the Security Service of Metro as a security guard. Ms. Parnell and Mr. Aron married only one year, but “hung around her for a while,” said Kivel. He came to visit her and her children from her previous marriage, even after divorce.
Mr. Kivel said Mr. Aron was an “outsider,” even when she met him. She said her daughter is “overwhelmed at this time. It’s kind of amazing that something so little would be beaten so close to home.”
Upon returning to Brooklyn two years ago, Mr. Aron returned to work at the Empire State Building Supply, a wholesale hardware. A man in the store, who said he was the owner, said Mr. Aron worked there on and off for years.
Co-worker Sam Lowy, 35, said Mr. Aron was at work on Tuesday. Said Mr. Aron was quiet and thought a little strange. “He is not social…. He did what he did and then went home,” said Lowy. Said Mr. Aron was a store clerk.
Mr. Lowy said it was part of the search efforts Leiby. “You go to Borough Park, people are devastated,” he said.
Sender Berkovitz, a professor of 62 years of age, Touro College, who lives on the block in Kensington Mr. Aron, said he has known Mr. Aron and his family for decades. The family has had its share of problems, including divorce, Mr. Berkovitz said. “Maybe it was unstable, but was not all that makes you think he could do something like this,” Berkovitz said Mr. Aron.
The news of the boy’s death was received with shock and grief in their neighborhood.
“We are so confident everyone was so into it,” said Bob Moscovitz, whose Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol assisted in the search for two days. “We all felt that we would have a happy and after hearing about it and shockingly … it’s just horrible.”
“It feels like your heart is in the stomach,” he continued. “It’s like being beaten with a baseball bat.”
On Wednesday, neighbors gathered outside the building Kletzkys red brick apartment. Many of them had helped search for the missing child.
“I do not think Kletzkys had an enemy in this world,” said Shmuel Eckstein, a family friend. He said the boy’s father made his living driving a passenger van. In the summer, he was going to and from the Catskills.
“Leiby was an angel,” he said.
The Park County parents said they were on alert.
“We will not allow our children to go anywhere alone,” said Rachel Richter. “My 10 years old, I will not let go just half a block.”
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