Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had nothing but kind words on Friday for Reuven Rahamim, a 61-year-old St. Louis Park resident and founder of Accent Signage Systems who was killed Thursday in a workplace shooting.
"He was born in Israel and came to this country to live the American dream—and did," Rybak said.
Rybak, who, along with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), toured Rahamim's business in August, posted on Facebook that "Reuven was so proud of everything that he and his family have built in this country, and he had a right to be."
In March, Rahamim—at the mayor's invitation—went to the White House with fellow Twin Cities area business leaders and the White House Business Council. He discussed how the government and the private sector can collaborate more effectively.
“He was a tremendous leader in this community,” Rybak said. “He was an example of someone who climbed the ladder of success.”
The mayor added: “It’s beyond belief to us to lose Reuven.”
Rybak said to honor Rahamim it's important that people continue to support Accent Signage Systems, a business the mayor called a shining example of a succesful local venture.
"We owe it to them that they have many more productive days of work," Rybak said.