Miami Rabbi Shot Dead on Way to Temple

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Temple Bais Menachem, North Miami BeachCredit: Google Street View

Rabbi Joseph Raksin, 60, of North Miami Beach, Florida, was shot dead on Saturday morning on his way to synagogue, NBC South Florida reported.

Officers at the Miami-Dade Police Department told NBC that Raskin was approached by "two young males," an altercation ensued and the rabbi was shot. The two suspects escaped the scene, one on bicycle and one on foot.

Raksin was airlifted to a local hospital where he died, NBC reported. The police are looking for the suspects.

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez says there is no indication that the shooting was a hate crime. Authorities have not released a motive, but the Anti-Defamation League says it has been in close contact with lead investigators and the crime appears to be a robbery gone badly.

Raksin was from New York and was visiting relatives in Florida.

This is a developing story.

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