Baltimore, MD - Dec. 12, 2019 - My heart breaks for the four victims — Leah Minda Ferencz, Miguel Douglas Rodriguez, Moshe Deutsch and Det. Joseph Seals — who were killed during an attack on a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, N.J., Tuesday. Out of an abundance of caution, I worked in partnership with the Pikesville police precinct and Councilman Isaac Yitzy Schleifer to have police camera towers placed at the two kosher markets in Pikesville — Market Maven Baltimore and Seven Mile Market — to monitor for any suspicious activity and to ensure the safety of the employees and customers of both stores.
No person should have to fear for their life at the grocery store, school, work, place of worship or anywhere in between. I want to thank the Baltimore County Police Department and Chief Melissa Hyatt for your proactive response in the 2nd District of Baltimore County and beyond during this difficult time.
The horrific and reprehensible crime of hate in Jersey City, N.J., marks the third time within the past 14 months a Jewish establishment in the United States has been the target of a deadly Antisemitic attack.
Hate has no place in our society. Not here. Not in Jersey City, N.J. Not in San Diego. Not in Pittsburgh. Not anywhere.
Now more than ever, we must be committed and unified in the fight to eliminate Antisemitism, bigotry and hate from our society.
I pray for the families of the victims and for the full recovery of those who were wounded. I am also grateful for the bravery and sacrifice that New Jersey law enforcement officials made to help save lives.
May the memories of those who lost their lives be for a blessing.