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Detroit synagogue president found dead outside his home

by: Nick Robertson, The hill



(The Hill) — The president of a Detroit synagogue was found stabbed to death outside her home Saturday, police said.

Detroit police said Samantha Woll was found dead outside her home by a passerby around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers found a “trail of blood” leading inside Woll’s home, where they said they believe the crime took place.

Woll, who led the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, was a former staffer for Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and a senior staffer on Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s campaign last year.

Police have not identified a potential motive for the killing, she said.

“I and the entire Slotkin team are heartbroken by this news,” Slotkin said in a Facebook post Saturday. “Sam worked for me almost from the moment I became a member of Congress, helping us set up the office and running it throughout my first term.”

“It breaks my heart to have lost someone so dedicated to serving others in such a senseless act,” she continued. “I will miss his endless desire to serve and his bright smile seemingly everywhere in the Detroit area. Team Slotkin shares the deep grief of his family and greater community.

Nessel also shared her grief over Woll’s death in a social media post.

“I am shocked, saddened and horrified to learn of Sam’s brutal murder,” Nessel said. “Sam was as kind a person as I have ever known. She was motivated by her sincere love for her community, her state and her country. Sam truly used his faith and activism to create a better place for everyone.


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