Congregation B’nei Ruven, at Devon and Whipple in West Rogers Park, has dedicated a Torah in honor of Eliyahu Moscowitz, one of two neighborhood men killed by the same unknown gunman almost a year ago.
A Torah is a scroll containing the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures, also known as the Pentateuch. The victim’s brother told CBS-2 Chicago that the ceremony this past Sunday turned a sad event into a celebration of life.
“It’s a very tragic, tragic time, but the comfort to the family is seeing the community get together and the unity; how so many people came together to celebrate with the completion of the Torah,” said Nissen Moscowitz.
Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, was shot Oct. 1, 2018. He was walking down a bike path on the 1100 block of West Lunt Ave. when someone walked up to him and shot him. Douglas Watts 73, was shot and killed the previous morning while walking his two dogs in the 1400 block of West Sherwin. Police quickly announced that, although the killings were unrelated, both men were shot with the same gun.
Extra detectives were brought into the 24th District to help find the killer, and the police released surveillance photos of the man believed to be responsible. No arrests have been been made.