JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Funeral services were held Wednesday evening for two victims of the Jersey City shooting.
Leah Minda Ferencz, 32, who owned the store that officials say was targeted by the shooters, and her cousin Moshe Hirsch Deutsch, 24, were to be buried in the New Cemetery in Kiryas Joel, New York, according to New York State Police. The burials follow funeral ceremonies for Ferencz in Jersey City and for Deutsch in Brooklyn.
Jacob Ferencz, Leah Minda Ferencz’s uncle, said that she and her husband, Moshe Ferencz, grew up in Kiryas Joel – an Orthodox enclave in Orange County, New York.
“They were a young couple who were dedicated to what they were doing,” Jacob Ferencz said. “They wanted people who moved to Jersey City to have where to shop for groceries.”
He said that the couple were “exceptionally nice” people.
In Jersey City, hundreds braved the cold to say goodbye to Leah Minda Ferencz at Khal Adas Greenville. There were tears outside the synagogue, which has a yeshiva for children on the second floor.
A family friend told to reporters that she was “devastated” when she heard of Ferencz’s death.
“She was just the nicest lady,” said the woman, who declined to give her name. “We miss her and she really left something in our hearts.”
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The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and Northern Brooklyn issued a statement describing Ferencz as a “pioneer.” She and her husband, with their three children, were among the first Orthodox families to move to Jersey City in search of more affordable housing.
“She was a caring and nurturing mother for her three children, and at the same time helped her husband who ran the first kosher grocery in the area, to ensure that the community’s families have where to shop and feed their children,” the statement read.
In the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, thousands of Orthodox Jews filled a city street for the funeral of Deutsch. The anguished cries of the rabbi could he heard as he led the funeral out on the street.
Deutsch, the United Jewish Organizations’ statement said, was a yeshiva student and the son of UJO board member Abraham Deutsch.
“The community lost a promising, upcoming, charitable person who was spreading love and kindness,” the UJO statement read.
Contributing: Keldy Ortiz,NorthJersey.com, and Seth Harrison, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News