Memphis rabbi describes Brooklyn murder suspect as "loner" - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis rabbi describes Brooklyn murder suspect as "loner"

(WMC-TV) - Former Memphian Levi Aron was charged with second degree murder in the death of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy Wednesday.

Several years ago, Aron's ex-wife went to 201 Poplar to get a restraining order against him.  The reason why was unclear and it was later dismissed.

Aron is described by people who knew him in Memphis and in Brooklyn as a quiet person who prayed at a New York synagogue daily.

"People are just appalled," said Rabbi Joel Finkelstein.  "It's so horrific.  It turns your stomach."

Investigators in New York searched a dumpster where they found a suitcase on the ground.  It is believed to have part of the dismembered body of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

Investigators also found what are believed to be the feet of the child in the freezer at Aron's apartment.

Finkelstein told Action News 5 he met Aron, but did not know him very well.

"He was kind of a loner," said Finkelstein.  "We had contact with him but it was hard to get to know him.  He was obviously a very disturbed young man, but no one would even imagine this, no matter what kind of problems, you would be capable of this."

Investigators said the child was walking home to meet his mother in the Burough Park area of Brooklyn Monday when he got lost.  Video surveillance showed the child talking with Aron.  It is not believed that the two knew each other.

Aron came to Memphis after meeting a woman online.  They got married and lived with her family in Germantown.

A man who answered the door at the house Wednesday said that when Aron lived there, he seemed fine.  His ex-wife had children and he said Aron was fine around them.

The man said Aron worked as a security guard in Memphis and a butcher at Kroger.

Aron's ex-wife said they were married for a year, but divorced four years ago.  She described him as shy.

Aron told police he killed Kletzky because he panicked when he saw the massive search for the child.  It is believed he was suffocated before his body was dismembered.

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