Child Killer's Brother Is Murdered in Family Home

Tzvi Aron is discovered in house where Levi Aron killed 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 4, 2017 4:29 PM CDT
Brother of Child Killer Found Dead in Family Home
In this 2011 file photo, crime scene investigators collect evidence from the home of Levi Aron in Brooklyn.   (Seth Wenig)

Nearly six years after detectives uncovered the dismembered remains of an 8-year-old boy in a Brooklyn house, the brother of the man now imprisoned for killing the child was found dead in the same family home, per the AP. Police responding to a call from the family on Friday discovered the body of Tzvi Aron, bound, wrapped in a blanket, and stuffed in a basement closet, a law enforcement official said. The 29-year-old bakery worker had last been seen on Tuesday. The death is being investigated as a homicide; Aron had recently been threatened but it wasn't clear why, the official said. Meanwhile, Aron's brother, Levi Aron, is currently serving 40 years to life in prison after pleading guilty in 2011 in the kidnapping and killing of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

Leiby had gotten lost on his walk home from a religious day camp. It was the first time he was allowed to go home alone and he was supposed to walk about seven blocks to meet his mother, but missed his turn. On the street, he ran into Levi Aron, who promised to take the boy home. Instead, Aron brought the boy about 40 miles upstate to Monsey, New York, where he attended a wedding before bringing him back to his home. He kept him there overnight and the following day when he went to work at a hardware store. When Aron noticed flyers with the boy's photo, he said he got spooked, went home, and suffocated the boy. Detectives found the boy's severed feet, wrapped in plastic, in a freezer at Aron's home. Tzvi Aron defended his family at the time his brother was arrested, saying they were unaware of Levi's acts. (More murder stories.)

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