No Evidence of Hate Crime

Crime scene

( – In a tragic discovery, Samantha Woll, the president of a Detroit synagogue, was found stabbed to death at her home. Her family, friends, and prominent Michigan officials commemorated her as a compassionate and influential leader who fostered connections between diverse communities.

As people gathered to honor Samantha Woll, the police announced that their investigation into her death did not indicate antisemitism as the motive behind her killing.

The 40-year-old Woll, affectionately known as “Sam,” was a prominent figure at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. She also worked as a campaign staff member for Attorney General Dana Nessel and was previously an aide to Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin.

Monica Woll Rosen, Samantha’s sister, emotionally addressed the mourners at the Jewish funeral home, stating, “You so deeply wanted peace for this world. You fought for everyone regardless of who they were or where they came from. You were the definition of a leader. Our world is shattered without you.”

Police discovered Woll’s body at her residence and believe she was murdered in her home. Police Chief James E. White informed that the investigation, in collaboration with the FBI, was ongoing to gather evidence and construct a timeline of events leading up to her death. Emphasizing the need for patience, White mentioned that “no evidence has surfaced suggesting that this crime was motivated by antisemitism.”

Woll, a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan, became the president of the board of directors at Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in 2022. Many attendees at the memorial service belonged to various faiths, a testament to Woll’s commitment to interfaith relations. She was also known for aligning with movements like Black Lives Matter.

Friends and colleagues recollected her enthusiasm for travel, her love for the arts, and her radiant smile. They shared light-hearted memories, like her habit of gifting away things she wore if someone complimented them.

Dana Nessel shared her fond memories of Woll, highlighting her omnipresence at various events. “She was at every campaign event, every political protest, every religious service, every ribbon cutting. I think I saw her in a picture of the moon landing,” Nessel humorously remarked. “I don’t know how she could be so many places at the same time.”

Monica Woll Rosen mentioned that her sister’s last text was a heart emoji to a friend, symbolizing her caring nature. She concluded by saying, “A light has gone out in Detroit, in our hearts, for our people, for the world.”