The body of a French Jewish municipal councillor was found Tuesday morning at his apartment, stabbed multiple times and badly beaten.
Alain Ghozland, 73, was described by the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF) as a “prominent leader of the local Jewish community.”
Originally from Algeria, he lived in the heavily Jewish Paris suburb of Créteil, about seven miles from the French capital. It is also the town where a Jewish couple was attacked – and raped – by robbers in December 2014.
“People are upset. They do not know what to think and ask a lot of questions,” a relative told L’Express and other media.
He was found after his brother called police when he did not show up for regular shacharit morning prayers at their synagogue.
According to the report by Le Figaro, there were also signs of forced entry into Ghozland’s home, and that the apartment was ransacked. His car was also missing.
Police have no leads as yet, according to L’Express.
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