Detroit police are expected to disclose new details Monday in the grisly stabbing death of synagogue president and political strategist Samantha Woll.
The body of the beloved community leader and avid supporter of Israel was found about 6:30 a.m. Saturday in front of her home in the Motor City’s upscale Lafayette Park neighborhood.
Detroit police responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive person and found 40-year-old Woll collapsed on the paved walkway in front of her townhome.
She had stab wounds, and there was a trail of blood on the walkway that led to her home. Police said they believe the crime occurred in the house.
In the midst of heightened tensions over the Israel-Hamas War, many speculated that she may have been the victim of a hate-crime.
She is an avid supporter of Israel and a prominent figure in the local Jewish community. As president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Detroit Synagogue, she spearheaded a massive renovation of the historic building.
Before taking on her leadership role at the synagogue, she had worked for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and on the re-election campaign of Attorney General Dana Nessel, both Democrats.
She co-founded the Muslim-Jewish Forum of Detroit, whose mission is to encourage a positive relationship between the two communities.
Michigan Democratic Congressman Rashida Tlaib, who has been a vocal critic of Israel, offered a tribute to Woll on Facebook.
“My friend, and a member of our organizing community, Sam Woll, was murdered. I have no words. She always had a sweet smile to offer and the warmest eyes to greet you. Our community is devastated and we are shocked,” she wrote.