Investigators are looking for a motive Death of a Detroit synagogue leader. found stabbed over the weekend, the city’s police chief said.
The body of Samantha Woll, board president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, was discovered with multiple stab wounds in her home Saturday morning, the Detroit Police Department said in a statement. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Responding officers had followed “a trail of blood that led them to the victim’s residence,” where the crime is believed to have occurred, the Detroit Police Department said in a statement.
Police have not identified any suspects in the case and it is still unclear what led to the murder.
“Understandably, this crime leaves many questions unanswered.” Detroit Police Chief James E. White said in a statement on social media site X. “This matter is under investigation and I ask that everyone be patient as investigators carefully examine all aspects of the available evidence.”
“It is important that no conclusions be drawn until all available facts are reviewed,” White added.
The FBI is aware of the incident and “will assist the Detroit Police Department as requested,” the agency said in a statement to CNN.
Michigan State Police have also been assigned to support local police in the case, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced. “Together they will investigate this heinous crime and bring the perpetrator to justice,” she added.
“My heart breaks for her family, her friends, her synagogue and all those who were lucky enough to know her,” Whitmer said. “She was a source of light, a beacon in her community who worked hard to make Michigan a better place.
The Woll synagogue issued a statement Saturday expressing shock at his death.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Samantha Woll, our board president,” the synagogue said. “May the memory of her be a blessing.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he and Woll were celebrating the newly renovated synagogue together just a few weeks ago.
“It was a project that she successfully led with great pride and enthusiasm,” Duggan said. “This entire city joins her family and friends in mourning her tragic death.”
MoReno Tayor II, who worked with Woll on Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s 2022 re-election campaign, said her death was “a devastating loss.”
“Sam was a brilliant ball of light,” he told CNN. “She lit up every room she walked into. She always had a huge smile. She always gave you a firm handshake. And I asked about you, I wanted to know who you were.
He remembered Woll as a kind soul who was always involved in his community and dedicated to giving back.
“She didn’t deserve this and I really hope they find a solution to this as soon as possible and find whoever is responsible,” he said.
Taylor said she had known Woll for five years and considered her a little sister.
“It’s very difficult to imagine that someone so genuine and so kind could suffer this kind of tragedy,” he added.
Attorney General Nessel also expressed her condolences in a statement on Facebook, saying: “Sam was the kindest person I have ever met. “He was driven by her sincere love for her community, state and country.”
Woll had also previously worked with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, according to a post on Slotkin’s social networks..
The congresswoman said Woll “dedicated her short life to building interfaith understanding, bringing light in the face of darkness.”
The Democrat said Woll worked for her by helping her establish the office and running it during her first term.
“My heart aches for losing someone so dedicated to serving others in such a senseless act. “I will miss her relentless desire to serve and her bright smile seemingly everywhere in the Detroit area,” the congresswoman said.