Nachman and Itta Kletzky, the parents of slain 8-year-old boy Leiby Kletzky, are expressing their gratitude to people across New York and the world who came to their aid this week. The couple is thanking those who helped in the huge search effort, as well as supporters from all walks of life who have kept the family in their thoughts and prayers during the disappearance and loss of their son.
According to the Daily News, a neighbor posted the following note on the Kletzky’s behalf at the entrance to their Borough Park building this morning:
“We are forever grateful and thankful to Hashem (G-d). We would also like to express to each and every individual - to our friends and neighbors and our fellow New Yorkers and to all the volunteers and to all the agencies from the local, city, state, and federal, who assisted us above and beyond physically, emotionally, and spiritually – and to all from around the world, who had us in their thoughts and prayers. From the depths of our mourning hearts, we thank you!”
Neighbors and passerby in front of the apartment house were taken aback by the gracious tone of the letter, which was written for the public during a time of such deep personal sorrow.
“It just goes to show you the true character of this family,” neighbor Abe Aron, 35, who is not related to confessed killer Levi Aron, told the Daily News. “Even in the midst of this unspeakable tragedy, the family takes the time to give thanks. It truly touches my heart.”
Life continues for a world touched by the death of an 8-year-old boy, whether they knew him or not, while certain truths remain. Bad things happen to good people, that much is certain. However, the last week has also shown us that at life’s darkest hours, human kindness often does the most good.