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A second speaker indicated that he had known Stark for many years and emphasized Stark’s funding of charities and educational institutions.
Several blocks of Hooper Street and Marcy Avenue were blocked off for the rite, which came at a time that families would normally be busy after Shabbat ended.
Microphones were placed on a small bench outside to allow mourners to hear the speakers.
At first, the crowd was fairly small but it kept growing during the early part of the funeral to several hundred people gathered on the street and packed onto stoops.
Children watched from inside barred windows across the street looking down on the crowds below. Cars continued parking blocks from the event as people rushed to get to the funeral, women and men splitting up to get to their gender-segregated sides of the crowd.
Stark was expected to be buried after the funeral.
City Council Member Stephen Levin said in a statement: “My deepest condolences go to the family of Menachem Stark and the Williamsburg community.”
Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director of United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, said the entire community was mourning Stark’s death.
“We are saddened and dumbfounded how people can commit such heinous crimes against anyone, but especially against such a generous person who wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Niederman said.
Even as the family and neighborhood began to mourn, the tangled investigation into Stark’s murder was just starting.