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With great sadness, we inform you of the tragic passing of Shmuel Hershel Weinberger of Chicago, Illinois, after being struck by a vehicle. He was only nine years old.
He is the son of R’ Shamai and Mrs. Sara Leah Weinberger of West Rogers Park, Chicago, who are active members of the Chabad community.
The young boy was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a vehicle on N. Sacramento Ave and W. Chase Ave on Wednesday afternoon at around 8:00PM. Chicago Hatzolah rushed to the scene, and was transported to the hospital but unfortunately they were unable to save him.
Hershel was a student in the Lubavitcher Cheder in Chicago, and was beloved by his teachers and classmates.
“Hershel was a zeeskeit and had a tremendous simchas hachaim. He was very musical and loved singing. He was extremely beloved by his classmates,” his teacher, Rabbi Mendel Moscowitz said. “Just the sparkle in his eyes when he would come to Cheder in the morning will always remain etched in my memory.”
“The Weinberger home is always open for shiurim and chessed,” said Rabbi Boruch Hertz, Rov of the Chicago Chabad community, “It’s an enormous tragedy, beyond words.”
“At this time, both parents are really doing their best to be strong”, said Rabbi Yosef Lubinsky, a close friend of the family, “however, a long bumpy road lays a head of them, and much financial help will be needed”.
Sadly however, Hershel’s siblings where at the scene when the accident happened. “What these kids saw, is simply horrific and horrendous”, says Chaim D. Reich, one of the professionals who came to assess the family, “we are in touch with therapists and professionals, who are ready to devote themselves to each one of the siblings individually. Yet for this we’ll need funding”.
“These kids are so beautiful and bright”, said Eliza, a family friend, “it is really our obligation to help the family overcome this great loss, and support them as they go through this hard and challenging times”.
“We therefore set up a campaign – under the full leadership of Rabbi Yosef Assayag of the Rabbanut Organization – to help the family cover funeral expenses and loss of income as they grieve the untimely passing of their beautiful, energetic, sweet young son”.
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