Investigators are looking for a motive in the death of a Detroit synagogue leader who was found stabbed over the weekend, the city’s police chief said.
The body of Samantha Wall, president of the board of directors of Isaac Agley’s Downtown Synagogue, was found in her home Saturday morning with multiple stab wounds, the Detroit Police Department said in a statement. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Detroit Police Department said in a statement that “blood trails led officers to the victim’s residence,” where the crime is believed to have occurred.
Police have not identified a suspect in the case and it is unclear what led to the killing.
“Understandably, this crime leaves many unanswered questions,” Detroit Police Chief James E. White said In a statement on social media site X. “This matter is under investigation and I ask everyone to remain patient while investigators carefully examine all aspects of the available evidence.”
“It is important not to draw conclusions before reviewing all available facts,” White added.
The FBI said in a statement to that the agency was aware of the incident and “will assist the Detroit Police Department as requested.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan State Police were also assigned to support local police in handling the case. She added: “Together they will investigate this vicious crime and bring those responsible to justice.”
“My heart breaks for her family, her friends, her synagogue and everyone who had the privilege of knowing her,” Whitmer said. “She was a light, a beacon in the community, and she worked hard to make Michigan a better place.” become better.
Wall’s synagogue issued a statement Saturday expressing shock at her death.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of our Board Chair, Samantha Wall,” the synagogue said. “May her memory be a blessing.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he and Wall celebrated the newly renovated synagogue a few weeks ago.
“This is a project that she has successfully led with great pride and enthusiasm,” Dugan said. “The entire city joins her family and friends in mourning her tragic death.”
Moreno Tayor II, who worked with Wall on Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s 2022 re-election campaign, said Wall’s death was “devastating.” Loss”.
“Sam was a bright ball of light,” he told . “She lit up every room she walked into. She always had a big smile. She always had a firm handshake with you. And asked about you and wanted to know who you are. ”
He remembers Wall as a kind man who was always involved in the community and dedicated to giving back.
“She doesn’t deserve this and I really hope they find a solution as soon as possible and find the person responsible,” he said.
Taylor said he had known Wall for five years and considered her a little sister.
“It’s hard to imagine that such a sincere and kind person could suffer such a tragedy,” he added.
Attorney General Nessel also expressed her condolences in a statement on Facebook, saying, “Sam was a kind person that I knew. She was driven by her genuine love for her community, state and country.”
Wall also previously worked with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, according to an online post. Slotkin’s social media.
The congresswoman said Wall “dedicated her short life to building interfaith understanding and bringing light in the face of darkness.”
The Democrat said Wall worked for her, helping to establish the office and leading it during her first term.
“My heart aches because we lost someone so dedicated to serving others through such a senseless act. I will miss her tireless desire to serve and her bright smile that could be seen throughout the Detroit area,” the the congresswoman said.