Sunday afternoon saw the funeral ceremonies for Samantha Woll, the board president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in Detroit.
According to Detroit police, Woll was found dead after a stabbing outside her house on Saturday. James White, the chief of police in Detroit, stated on Sunday that there is currently no proof indicating that Woll’s murder was inspired by antisemitism. According to White, the FBI and Detroit police are collaborating on the investigation, and interviews are being conducted with those who may have information that can advance the case.
Since 2022, Woll, 40, has served as the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue’s leader. She was Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s former assistant.
In a statement posted on X Saturday, Slotkin said, “My heart aches that we have lost someone so dedicated to serving others in such a senseless act. I’ll miss her relentless desire to serve & her bright smile seemingly everywhere across the Detroit area. Team Slotkin shares in the deep grief of her family & her greater community.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel posted on social media Saturday, “I am shocked, saddened and horrified to learn of Sam’s brutal murder. Sam was as kind a person as I’ve ever known. She was driven by her sincere love of her community, state and country. Sam truly used her faith and activism to create a better place for everyone.”
The funeral ceremonies were held in Oak Park’s Hebrew Memorial Chapel.