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July 3, 2013 12:03 pm

Slain Orthodox Jewish Jamaican to Have Street Named in His Honor (VIDEO)

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Screen shot of Yoseph Robinson. Photo: Youtube.

New York City is set to name a street after a Chasidic Jew who was killed trying to protect his girlfriend during a botched robbery of a kosher liquor store, the New York Daily News reports.

An intersection in Midwood in the borough of Brooklyn will be renamed “Yoseph Robinson Avenue” after Yoseph Robinson, who was slain in 2010 when he was shot in the chest by a crook trying to steal his girlfriend’s jewelry.

Robinson, who was from Jamaica, had converted to Orthodox Judaism after living a life of petty crime.

His girlfriend, Lahavah Wallace, said that he kept close ties to both cultures.

“Maybe he can still be the bridge for the communities in some way. It’s a fitting tribute and honor to an incredible man,” Wallace told the Daily News.

Below is a video from 2009 showing Yoseph’s transformation from the streets to the shul:

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  • real

    may Hashem comfort and strengthen his family. may his memory be for a blessing. may his soul have aliyah.
    a very sad loss for the jewish community.

  • kat

    why did a Hasidic Jew have a girlfriend?

    • Nechama

      Perhaps it is an easier way to explain a kallah or someone he was dating?

    • Craig

      Kat – This is what you got from this? Are you kidding?