Detroit synagogue president Samantha Woll found stabbed to death outside her home

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By journalsofus.com


A politically connected Detroit synagogue president was found stabbed to death Saturday morning outside her home in the Lafayette Park neighborhood, east of downtown.

Samantha Woll, 40, ran the Isaac Agree Synagogue in downtown Detroit and previously worked for U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, and on the re-election campaign of Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat.

Samantha Woll, 40, who ran the Isaac Agree Synagogue in downtown Detroit, was found stabbed to death outside her home in the city's Lafayette Park neighborhood, east of downtown, on Saturday, December 21. October 2023.

Police said in an afternoon statement that they were investigating after finding a body stabbed multiple times in the 1300 block of Joliet Place. A trail of blood led to the victim’s home, where police believe the crime occurred.

“I am shocked, saddened and horrified to learn of Sam’s brutal murder,” Nessel said in a statement. “Sam was the kindest person I have ever met. She was driven by his sincere love for his community, state and country. “Sam really used his faith and activism to create a better place for everyone.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan called Woll one of Detroit’s “great young leaders” and said he recently met her at the dedication of the renovated synagogue, a project he said she led “with great pride and enthusiasm”.

Two law enforcement officers passed police tape near the site where Detroit synagogue president Samantha Woll was found dead in Detroit on Saturday, October 21, 2023.

Woll had led the synagogue since 2022 and was involved in other local Jewish organizations. A statement sent by his rabbi said he was “shocked and saddened” by Woll’s “unexpected death.”

Police have not yet identified a motive, they said. They were called to a woman found lying on the ground unconscious around 6:30 a.m. and pronounced her dead at the scene, they said.

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