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HomemichiganMurder of Jewish leader Samantha Woll wasn't a hate crime: Detroit Police

Murder of Jewish leader Samantha Woll wasn’t a hate crime: Detroit Police

The grisly stabbing death of synagogue president and political strategist Samantha Woll was not a hate crime, Detroit Police announced Monday at a press conference.

“We believe that there are no other groups or anyone else at risk in regard to this particular incident,” Detroit Chief of Police James E. White told reporters. “We believe this incident was not motivated by antisemitism and this suspect acted alone.” There was no forced entry, he noted.

The body of the beloved community leader and avid supporter of Israel was found about 6:30 a.m. Saturday in front of her home in the Motor City’s upscale Lafayette Park neighborhood.

Detroit police responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive person and found 40-year-old Woll on the ground outside her townhome. 

Michigan Democratic Congressman Rashida Tlaib, who has been a vocal critic of Israel, offered a tribute to Woll on Facebook. 

“My friend, and a member of our organizing community, Sam Woll, was murdered. I have no words. She always had a sweet smile to offer and the warmest eyes to greet you. Our community is devastated and we are shocked,” she wrote. 

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to and @ReRosenberg.


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