The grieving sister of Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll has revealed her final text before she was stabbed to death over the weekend.
Authorities in Detroit are continuing to investigate the Oct. 21 killing of Wool, 40, as it emerged Monday that several “persons of interest” are being questioned by law enforcement.
Detroit Police Chief James White said Wool was attacked inside her home in the Lafayette Park neighborhood and then left her home before collapsing on the sidewalk, leaving behind a trail of blood that led investigators to the disturbing scene.
Woll, the president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, was laid to rest Sunday during a service with more than 1,000 in attendance, including city and state politicians she had worked with. The slain community leader's sister Monica Wool Rosen delivered a eulogy, sharing with mourners that Wool's last text was a heart emoji sent to a friend.
“You sent hearts to cheer people up and let them know you were thinking of them — because you cared,” Ms Wool Rosen said, also revealing that a friend of her late sister had received flowers since the day she died. according The New York Post.
“That was you, Sam,” added Mrs. Wool Rosen. “You didn't even ask. You just sent flowers and signed 10 other people's names because you knew it would make the recipient happy – and the other people would want to say happy birthday if they knew it was your birthday.”
Chief White said during a news conference Monday that Wool attended a wedding just hours before her death Friday night. He left shortly after midnight.
Nearly six hours later, around 6:30 a.m., someone called 911 reporting an unresponsive person at her home. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Wool's body.
There were no signs of forced entry into Woll's home and no signs she tried to defend herself, Chief White said.
The chief said his agency is working with the FBI and Michigan State Police and has already identified persons of interest.
“We're working on what we've identified as persons of interest … but it's very early in the investigation,” he said, adding that Wool may or may not have known her killer. “We have several people of interest, we just can't call one of the people a suspect.”
A motive for Woll's killing has yet to be determined. Chief White said he is confident the crime was not motivated by anti-Semitism.
Chief White said Monday that his department is looking for a suspect who is believed to have acted alone and noted that he does not believe there is a threat to the community at large. He also asked the public to be patient and not jump to conclusions as the evidence is reviewed and processed.
“We are not in a position to discuss [details,]” said Chief White. “There are some factors that only the suspect and our investigators share.”