Memorial Fund Launched for Family of Murdered Storeowner

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Isaac KadarePolice Looking at Couple for Possible Suspect ID

As the Brooklyn Jewish community struggles to cope with the senseless murder of beloved local storeowner Isaac Kadare, a memorial fund designed to provide much-needed support to his bereaved family has been set up. The fund is being established by the Sephardic Bikur Holim in conjunction with City Councilman David Greenfield.

Kadare was found unconscious in his 99-cent store in Bensonhurst on August 2, with subsequent medical examination revealing that he was both shot and stabbed to death. The 59-year-old father of four – a Midwood resident who was a member of the Ahaba V’Ahva Sephardic Synagogue – was known for his piety and devotion to daily Talmud study at Cong. Bnei Yosef.

Recognizing the family’s plight after the sudden loss of its primary breadwinner, Councilman Greenfield coordinated his efforts with Sephardic Bikur Holim’s Ronnie Oved to initiate the fund on behalf of Kadare’s children, who include a seven-year-old girl. During the shiva mourning period, one of the children disclosed that their father had been hurrying to close the store that night so that he could attend a Torah class at his shul.

“This was a dedicated family man who was murdered while simply trying to earn a living and better life for his wife and children,” Greenfield stated. “This could have happened to anyone, and it is our responsibility as a community to come together in support of the Kadare family and make sure they are helped following this devastating loss. I urge everyone in the community to join me in giving what they can to this memorial fund.”

SBH’s Oved expressed similar sentiments regarding the tragedy and its unfortunate consequences. “I know that our entire community has been shaken by this horrific crime,” he said. “We now have the chance to help Mr. Kadare’s wife and children during this terrible and difficult time and give them one less thing to worry about.”
In a new development in the ongoing search for the murder suspect, the police are eyeing the couple who initially reported Kadare’s condition as alleged acquaintances of the possible perpetrator, described as a 5-foot-9 Hispanic male wearing dark sunglasses. A police source informed the Brooklyn Daily that the couple were the ones who found Kadare lying in his shop and then called 911.

Kadare’s teenage son revealed to the press that he believed his father was killed for the $900 in rent money he had earlier collected from a tenant in the building he owned. Based on similar identifying aspects to the two cases, authorities suspect that the same man was responsible for murdering another storeowner in Bay Ridge on July 6. They further noted that each victim was a native of Egypt – raising the possibility of racial bias – as well as the fact that Kadare’s store was located at 1877 86th Street and the Bay Ridge man’s store was situated at 7718 Fifth Avenue, possibly indicating that the murder suspect has some type of psychotic obsession with numbers.

Readers who wish to contribute to the memorial fund should make their check out to “Sephardic Bikur Holim,” with “Kadare Memorial Fund” in the memo line, and mail it to the SBH office at 425 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, New York 11223. Donations can also be made online by going to sbhonline.org and clicking on the link to contribute to the Kadare Memorial Fund.