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NY funeral for rabbi killed in Miami

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Hundreds of mourners turned out at the Brooklyn funeral procession for an Orthodox rabbi who was shot as he walked to a Miami temple.

Miami-Dade police have said Joseph Raksin, 60, was shot Saturday while he was in Florida visiting relatives.

On Monday, a crowd surrounded the hearse on a blocked-off street as it pulled up outside the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights.

Police are on the hunt for two suspects; one was apparently on a bicycle and the other on foot.

According to officials, Raksin was walking on the 800 block of NE 175th Street around 9 a.m. when two young males approached him. Raksin was shot during the altercation.

Raksin was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where he died.

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Elena Hernandez says there is no indication yet that the Saturday shooting of Raksin 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.

In late July, a swastika was spray-painted along with the word “Hamas,” on the wall of a synagogue down the block from where Raksin was shot.

Two days earlier, two cars outside a house in Miami Beach were smeared with eggs and cream cheese, spelling out the words “Hamas” and “Jew."

The month-long war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has seen a rash of anti-Israel protests and anti-Semitic incidents around the globe.

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