The Kletzky family, grieving for their 8-year-old son, Leiby, who was killed and dismembered by Levi Aron earlier this week, has posted a statement on their front door thanking New Yorkers and also asking for privacy and consideration from media and the public at this time. The full text of the statement:
Dear Esteemed Reporters & Members of the Press:
We appreciate your understanding of our request to giving us our much needed privacy at this time. Please do not congregate in or near our residence waiting to get a news flash. Our only statement is: We will not be giving any statements.
We are forever grateful and thankful to Hashem (G-d). We would also like to express to each and every individual — to our friends and neighbors and our fellow New Yorkers and to all the volunteers and to all the agencies from the local, city, state, and federal, who assisted us above and beyond physically, emotionally, and spiritually — and to all from around the world, who had us in their thoughts and prayers.
From the depths of our mourning hearts, THANK YOU!
The family has set up an email address for the public to send messages and condolences at MessageLeiby@gmail.com, and also notes that at this time they are in the mourning period, Shiva.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 15, 2011