Missing Borough Park child’s remains found after frantic three-day search

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

A harried search for a missing 8-year-old Hasidic boy ended in gruesome discoveries in Greenwood Heights and Kensington this morning — leaving local residents reeling.

Little Leiby Kletzky disappeared from Borough Park on Monday afternoon, and after a frantic search by the community, cops found his hacked-up remains in a Dumpster on 20th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues and at a home on E. Second Street.

“I am horrified that sick deeds like this still go on in this world, let alone in Brooklyn,” said Aaron Brashear, president of the Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights. “I guess no community is immune, but it saddens me that our neighborhood has once again been the dumping ground for one person’s sick actions.”

According to the New York Post, video footage and credit card transactions led cops to arrest Kensington resident Levi Aron, 35. After raiding his home near Avenue C early today, they found pieces of Ketzky’s body in his fridge.

Aron ultimately led police to the 20th Street Dumpster — where additional body parts were found.

Investigators said there was no evidence that the boy knew Aron, who has yet to be charged in the child’s death.

Yet the gruesome discovery spoke volumes to those who spent the last two days looking for the missing tyke.

“This is the act of an animal,” said Chaim Deutsch, founder of the Flatbush Shomrim, a volunteer safety patrol that took part in the massive search. “The community, men, women, were crying [when they heard the news]. A lot of people I spoke to — including myself — just can’t work today.”

Jack Gold, a member of Hatzoloh of Flatbush, a volunteer emergency response service, said the news was devastating to the more than 3,000 volunteers who had joined the search for the boy.

“When you get the news, it’s just emotionally shattering,” said Gold. “As a parent, you’re hypersensitive to this.”

Today’s find capped a frantic three-day search for Kletzky. The Borough Park youngster was supposed to meet his mother at 50th street and 13th avenue on Monday, but apparently got lost.

Cops recovered surveillance footage of Kletzky heading toward 18th Avenue, where police sources say he came upon Aron and asked for directions. At the time, Aron was in Borough Park to pay a bill at his dentist’s office, cops said.

But instead of bringing Kletzky to the boy’s mother, he reportedly took the 8 year old to his house. More video surveillance footage recovered during the investigation showed Aron’s car leaving the area where Kletzky was last seen.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Aron “panicked” when he saw the widespread community response to Kletzky’s disappearance and suffocated the child. He then reportedly chopped the body up in an attempt to get rid of the remains.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D–Borough Park), who offered a $100,000 reward for information about Kletzky’s whereabouts, said the boy’s family is overcome with grief.

“How do you protect your child? Do we chalk this up as a statistic and go on with our life, or do we do something different?” said Hikind. “It’s one thing that your child is murdered, but then you find out the details. Life has to go on, but how do you go on?”

Funeral arrangements are pending the release of the body by the medical examiner.

Updated 5:25 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Sam from Bk says:
Disgusting! That poor little boy and his family. This bastard should fry.
July 13, 2011, 3:16 pm
liz from Park Slope says:
This poor child. How can anyone do this to a child! to anyone? This world is out of control.

I can only imagine the terror that child went through.

So sad for his family.
July 13, 2011, 3:37 pm
Talal Ahmed from Brooklyn 11219 says:
Poor kid and his smoky that —— should be punished to death.
July 13, 2011, 3:38 pm
Talal Ahmed from Brooklyn 11219 says:
I meant family, stupid iPhone
July 13, 2011, 3:39 pm
Reb from Brooklyn says:
Possible case of demonic possession. Sometimes
the metaphysical explanation makes more sense than the rational. How else to explain such pure evil ?
July 13, 2011, 3:39 pm
daniele from los angeles says:
OMG this is horrible! Praying for that precious little boy, his family and his community.
July 13, 2011, 3:42 pm
Carly from STL says:
omg... this poor child.. I can't even imagine the fear he felt and the heart ache his parents are feeling....
I'm gonna go home and cuddle with my daughter and give her a bazillion kissed.

RIP Leibby
July 13, 2011, 4:13 pm
Ella from Bay Ridge says:
I am saddened that 1.The mother would allow her 8 year old to walk from 44th and 12th Avenue, to 50th and 13th Avenue ALONE. 2. The CAMP released the little boy out onto the street with NO guardian. This little boy did NOT know where he was going, walked 6 Avenues in the wrong direction- and ended up meeting a predator.. I hope that Levi Aron gets severely punished by the BIG BOYS in the NY state penetentiary system.
July 13, 2011, 4:18 pm
Elva from Brownsville says:

I always see small children unaccompany going to the store. Mothers keep your children close to you because you never know who watching or waiting for your kid ! !
July 13, 2011, 4:31 pm
Frederick from Windsor Terrace says:
This is a horrible tragedy but it's no time to start pointing fingers at who is to blame. I'm sure the parents feel horrible as it is. It's a sad thing when a child is not able to walk freely in his own neighborhood without being harmed.

I grew up here in the Greenwood Heights section of Brooklyn and can remember when it was safe for kids to walk around go to the store for their parents and just play in the streets without the fear of danger.

As for Levi Aron I am sure he will get what he deserves from the boys in prison just like Jeffrey Dahmer did.
July 13, 2011, 6:10 pm
Leah from Crown Heights says:
No earthly punishment on Aron will EVER lessen the grief that he caused to Leiby's family, the unthinkable pain and suffering that he caused to an innocent child, and the fear and sadness that he instilled in all sane people, especially the Jewish Orthodox Community, where EVERY family is like the Kletzkys - with many precious innocent tiny kids who go to day camp every single day - kids who want to grow up and who want to walk home from school on their own in broad daylight through populated and, for the most part, safe streets.

I believe that the greatest punishment on Aron is to let him live IN JAIL - for the rest of his life! To live with HIMSELF, with his thoughts, with the horrible memories of what he did, and with the rest of the prison population that detests child molesters and murderers!

May G-d Comfort Leiby's parents and give them strength and sanity to go on. Baruch Dayan Emes!
July 13, 2011, 6:28 pm
Alicia from Kissimmee, fl says:
I am also sicken but not surprised with children being murdered anywhere. I pray and ask God to take this family thru this horrible times. This poor boy and family need all the support from us all.
July 13, 2011, 7:09 pm
jenifer from linden says:
im very sad this made me n my family realyy sad i even cried and i dont even know him its sad a 8 year old cut into wonder my mom always is worried for me if somethig like that hapens to me.....wat did the kid do to deserve that punishment ?! hes juwish .....and hes 8......hes a good boy......feel realy sad ....i hope God god blesses his family and i will prey very mutch for his family infact im gunna prey for all the families that have been sufuring for all these murters...also i will prey even for the bad ppl for the killers for EVERYONE and im gunna ay god pls god bless them make them be good not bad ....alot of ppl say o i hope the killer rotens in hell and other stuff but i think e should just prey n prey n prey till hes a good friends tell me"y r u so sad he doesnt even know you " n i told them well he is my family hes my brother becus everyone came from God so he tecnally my brother........................

July 13, 2011, 8:42 pm
Zulqarnain from Bayridge Brooklyn says:
Asslamo-O - alaiku my name is zulqarnain and I heart that news about baby I feel veryvery sorry I feel verysad
And I don't have words for those parent Who lost his child
Because I have one baby I knew obout child pain that's all I can may bless him and give his parent patine
May Allah bless you And America
July 13, 2011, 9:55 pm
Kristen from cresskill nj says:
Very sad, no words for the family and the community. My heart is heavy, and can not imagine the family's grief.
July 14, 2011, 9:06 am
Wendy says:
This saddens my heart! The news has traveled around the country and noone is left unaffected by this horrific crime. My heart goes out to this family in their time of grief and saddness. As for the predator/killer- I believe he should be "thrown to the wolves". He can spend what is left of his life in general population of the NY penal system. May the men that share space with him find it in their hearts to remind him of the innocent life he took for the remaining years of his life.
July 14, 2011, 10:13 am
Adolphus from Stockholm, Sweden says:
I cried and cried reading this sad story. I feel weak, how can a human being do this? I called my brother who lives in Brooklyn NY and told him to attend this little boys funeral ceremony. It's a sad day when you find out that it's not accident or time or fortune.How can another human being do this for a little 8 year child? His face is so innocent OMG OMG
July 14, 2011, 12:26 pm
t oconnell from midwood says:

i,m heartboken. The camp should not have

let the boy out alone, unattended. RIP
July 14, 2011, 12:49 pm
leslie amadi from says:
my heart goes out to the family of this little boy. im praying for you all. i am so sorry for your terrible lost. god bless you and yours
July 14, 2011, 2:16 pm
Brigid from Woodside, Queens says:
This guy is not a human being. He is a monster!! And to think that he tried to pursuade another little boy into his car last year. My continued prayers for the family and for little Leiby. He is a little angel of God.
July 14, 2011, 2:23 pm
Madison from good says:
This is so sad, and will probably end up being another Casey Anthony verdict where they will let him off because they don't have actual video footage of him cutting up the child. This world is sick and unfair. My prayers go out to this boys family, no one should have to go thru something like this!
July 14, 2011, 4:44 pm
Lilian from Buenos Aires, Arg. says:
I hope that the orthodox comunity do not defend to the killer...
July 15, 2011, 2:28 pm
nancy from coney says:
1- why was an 8 yr old allowed 2 walk home alone
2-if he got lost y didnt he have a cell phone 2 call parent 2 come get him 3-why did the bus company let him go on his won 4-no one noticed this child lost and confused and try 2 help him 5-why did the schools and parents not teach the kid not 2 t alk 2 strangers or go with stranges or if lost go in 2 a store and ask 4 help, i have family that live right where this child was killed and i see it all the time even after they found the child dead that thes hasidic parents were letting thes kids play on the streets un suppervised as young as 2. i sore a child walking by himself mayb 13 but still after hearing this you still let your children out along you walk with them you send them with older sibling the hasidic community will never learn they will still let their kids run loose and think that god will protect them people wake up a child died what else with it take for you people 2 snap out of it and teach ur kids some street smarts and have you there or teenagerts at least that are oer 17 that can protect them at 8 i wasnt even allowed 2 cross street on my own let along walk blocks by myself and the world was alot safer then i taught all my little neices and nephews never be without an adult even in jhs be in a group a sicko will think nothing of grabbing you rapping you and torturing you then chopping you yup in small peices so no one can identity you and feed you to the sharks you have to scare them to keep them safe.might be harsh but it works id rather them be scared and safe than naive and dead
July 16, 2011, 5:45 pm
Jenny from Greenpoint says:
Is there a funeral fund we can donate to? Where can we send our condolences?
July 16, 2011, 8:25 pm
Aline P. from New Jersey says:
This is soooo SAD, all I do is cry and pray, this story hurts me a lot, I have 12year old son. My heart really hurts that he's not going back to he's family:( I wish if I was by the book store to help him and walk him to he's family's house. This guy don't deserve one more day in tglife, they should put him in the park and let everyone from New York and New Jersey take care he's @ss. Rest in Peace little angel(Leiby). You always gonna be in my heart, your family too. Love you:(
July 17, 2011, 10:25 am

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: