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The Independent UK
The Independent UK
Andrea Blanco and Graeme Massie

Suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll - live updates


Related video: Jewish leader Samantha Woll laid to rest

A suspect has been arrested over the fatal stabbing of synagogue leader Samantha Woll that shocked the Detroit community.

Detroit Police Chief James White announced the arrest in a statement released on Tuesday 8 November.

“While this is an encouraging development in our desire to bring closure for Ms Woll’s family, it does not represent the conclusion of our work in this case,” Chief White said. “The details of the investigation will remain confidential at this time to ensure the integrity of the important steps that remain.”

At around 6.30am on Saturday 21 October, the 40-year-old leader of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue was found stabbed to death at her home in the Lafayette Park neighbourhood.

Authorities believe she was attacked inside her home and then stumbled out before collapsing on the sidewalk.

Detroit Police Chief James White said at a press conference that his agency was working in partnership with the FBI and Michigan State Police and has already identified persons of interest.

Chief White also said there was no evidence suggesting the murder was a hate crime.

“We are working through what we have identified as some persons of interest ... but we are very early in the investigation,” he said. “We have a number of people who give us interest, we are just short of calling one of the people a suspect.”

Woll once worked as a former aide to Democratic Rep Elissa Slotkin and campaign staffer for Attorney General Dana Nessel.

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