The following statement from Nachman Kletzky was read by Assemblyman Dov Hikind this afternoon immediately following the hearing today, where Levi Aron pleaded guilty to the murder of Leiby Kletzky.
Everything in the world is from G-d. Everything that happens is His will. We all have challenges, but G-d gives us the strength to overcome these challenges. My wife Esther, our children and I all understand that our role in this life is to do good and to continue on with even greater strength. We have made it until now only with G-d’s help — for that I thank G-d with all my heart.
There is no way one can comprehend or understand the pain of losing a child. Esther and I faced this unspeakable tragedy last year when our little boy Leiby was ruthlessly taken from us. Today my family has finally received some partial closure on one aspect of this nightmare. Closure does not mean we don’t continue to feel the pain. A day doesn’t pass without our thinking of Leiby — but today we close the door on this one aspect of our tragedy and seek to remember only the gifts that G-d has bestowed, including the nine years Leiby was with us. May our son’s soul rest in peace and continue to advocate in Heaven for all mankind.
We want to thank first and foremost our community, and more specifically our special congregation and friends for being there for us in trying times. We thank Rabbi Eisenberger for his continual wisdom and self-sacrifice on our behalf, which has made such a difference to our family.
We want to thank D.A. Hynes and his team for bringing this to a quick resolution, as we requested — for not forcing us to relive the terror that began when Leiby went missing. The three days of uncertainty were unbearable, but our community led a tireless search and allowed us the comfort of at least knowing the truth of our child’s fate. We were permitted to lay our son to rest.
We are thankful to the many who shared our pain. We heard from people from across the world and from all walks of life, and we took comfort from your sincere care and support.
Most of all, we are grateful to G-d for giving us Leiby and our other children.
We want to stress this one point because it is so vital that everyone understands: G-d did not abandon our son nor our family for even one second. He was with Leiby; He is with us. This is what we believe with all our hearts.
May G-d bring the final Redemption soon, when all suffering will be removed from mankind and we will be reunited with Leiby and with all our loved ones.
Nachman and Esther Kletzky
The Assemblyman added: "THE FAMILY ASKS THAT THEY NOT BE DISTURBED BY THE MEDIA. THEY WILL NOT BE GIVING INTERVIEWS. PLEASE RESPECT THEIR PRIVACY."