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19 Migrants Come Ashore In Florida; 1 Dead, Another Sent To Hospital

By Carli Teproff, The Miami Herald

Nineteen people believed to be from Haiti were found on Hillsboro Beach, Fla., early Monday morning after the police department was alerted to the beach by nearby condo residents, officials said.

Hillsboro Beach Police Maj. Jay Szesnat said police arrived at about 2:15 a.m. and found 17 people on the shore and two still in the surf. One of the women in the surf was dead and the other was taken to North Broward Medical Center.

It was not clear how the migrants, some of whom were children, got there.

“There was no boat,” Szesnat said.

The migrants were turned over to Border Patrol, he said.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard continued its search Monday after four men were found dead Sunday, floating in the water about 20 miles east of Hollywood, Fla.

“At this point there is no correlation,” said Coast Guard spokesman Jon-Paul Rios. “We are on search and recovery mode.”

The Coast Guard spent Sunday night searching for any other people or debris that could offer clues into the mysterious discovery.

Good Samaritans spotted the bodies of two men and alerted authorities. The Coast Guard later found the bodies of two other men within a two-mile area.

“Right now we are searching blindly,” he said.

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Police Vow Large Effort To Find Rabbi’s Shooter

By Carli Teproff, The Miami Herald

MIAMI — Miami-Dade police on Monday said they are committed to finding the people responsible for shooting and killing a rabbi walking to temple in Northeast Miami-Dade over the weekend.

“I can assure you that the Miami-Dade police department is utilizing all of its resources to apprehend the perpetrators of this crime,” said Chief Alfredo Ramirez at a news conference.

Rabbi Joseph Raksin, who was visiting his family from Brooklyn, was on his way to Bais Menachem Chabad at about 9 a.m. Saturday when he was gunned down. Police on Monday said they were looking for two men, one who was wearing a yellow shirt and the other one wearing an orange shirt, who walked away after shooting Raksin.

Members of the predominately Orthodox Jewish Community said on Sunday they feared the shooting was linked to an incident last month where swastikas and the word “Hamas” appeared on a nearby synagogue.

Police on Monday said that a motive may have been robbery. So far, there is no indication that the shooting was a hate crime, but they are not ruling anything out. “We are not closing that door,” said Maj. Hector Llevat, who is with the homicide bureau.

Meanwhile, on Sunday there was a report that a swastika and Iron Cross were etched into a BMW while the owner was at the funeral for Raksin. Police said they were investigating.

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