MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Residents in a northeast Miami-Dade neighborhood remain on edge almost a week after a rabbi was shot and killed in broad daylight as those responsible have yet to be caught.
Friday night was the first Sabbath since Rabbi Joseph Raksin was fatally shot. A memorial—candles in the shape of the Star of David–sits where Raksin, from Brooklyn, was killed at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Officers patrolled the streets Friday night as families walked to synagogue.
Many people walked to shul side-by-side.
“Trying to go in groups, trying to not go alone,” said Lewis Davis.
As the search for the gunman continues, a source told CBS4 that police are looking for a silver or light Toyota Tundra that was in the area at the time of the shooting because the driver may have seen something and have valuable information.
As the first Sabbath since his death begins at sundown, the community is watching their backs and praying the killers are caught.
Residents, like Chana Goodman’s, daily lives have been anything but normal since Rabbi Raksin was killed in what police believe was a botched robbery.
“Um I don’t feel 100 percent safe. I have a big dog—it’s a deterrent, but my daughter usually would walk alone, but she is not walking alone. My son is not walking alone. It’s hard,” said Goodman. “It’s hard but as much as possible we give them rides and walk with them. We do the best we can.”
“It was a very traumatic experience to have somebody shot. I heard the shots Saturday morning and it was very frightening,” said concerned resident Agnes Rosenberg.
Miami Dade and North Miami Beach police are patrolling the area non-stop in a show of force. Some community volunteers have also joined in the search for the killer, or killers, by passing out fliers.
Authorities are working on looking for homes with security cameras that could have captured video that may provide critical clues.
A source close to the police investigation told CBS4 that detectives are already reviewing videos that show at least one man who was described by a witness as being one of Rabbi Raksin’s attackers—a bit of encouraging news for residents still holding their breath for an arrest.
“I’m hoping that they catch them and I’m hoping that we’ll feel a little bit safer,” said Agnes Rosenberg.
Anyone with any information on Rabbi Raksin’s murder is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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