Rabbi, Daughter Remember SLP Shooting Victim (AUDIO)

A service for Reuven Rahamim was held Sunday at Beth El Synagogue.

More than 1,000 people gathered Sunday at Beth El Synagogue to remember a St. Louis Park man who was shot and killed in a Minneapolis workplace shooting on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Reuven Rahamim, 61, the founder of Accent Signage Systems, lived on Basswood Road in the Fern Hill Neighborhood. He also attended Beth El, where he was on the board of directors.

"Reuven had everyone's back," Rabbi Alexander Davis said, according to the AP. "He was present in everyone's lives, and he wanted to make a difference in the world."

(You can listen to eulogies from Rabbi Davis and Rahamim's daughter, Miya, by clicking on the videos above.)

Rahamim will be buried later this week in his native Israel.

In a statement, the synagogue said, "Our Beth El community is shocked and devastated by the tragic death of Reuven Rahamim Z"L, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and member of our congregational family."

According to the Star Tribune, Rahamim and four others were shot and killed at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday by Andrew Engeldinger, 36, who apparently had just lost his job. Engeldinger then took his own life. He was dealing with mental illness, the paper reports.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, called Rahamim a "local and beloved Jewish community member" in a statement.

"Reuven was a wonderful family man and deeply committed to his synagogue, community, country, and native Israel," Hunegs wrote.

City Pages reports that Rahamim's son, Sami Rahamim, expressed his thoughts via Twitter:

What was supposed to be a great weekend has turned into the greatest nightmare I've ever faced. Tell your loved ones how much you they mean. [sic]


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