Detroit Police Apprehend Suspect in Homicide of Jewish Leader Samantha Woll

The Detroit police have arrested a suspect in the murder of Samantha Woll, a well-known Jewish leader and president of the downtown Detroit synagogue.

Detroit Police Chief James White provided an update to the public in a statement on Wednesday afternoon but did not disclose further details.

“While this is a positive development in our efforts to bring closure to Ms. Woll’s family, it does not mark the conclusion of our work on this case. The investigation details will remain confidential for now to preserve the integrity of the remaining crucial steps,” White stated.

On the morning of October 21, Woll’s body was found with multiple stab wounds outside her Lafayette Park residence. Investigators followed a trail of blood to her home, where they believe the crime took place.

White had previously assured the public that he was confident the murder was not a hate crime or driven by antisemitism, and he urged the public not to jump to conclusions.

Woll had attended a wedding the night before and left shortly after midnight. The police were reviewing surveillance footage from the neighborhood and the path from the wedding venue, according to White.

When Woll left the wedding around 12:30 a.m., she appeared to be her usual, cheerful self, as reported by detectives who interviewed other wedding attendees.

White noted that there was no sign of forced entry at Woll’s home, and it is believed that the attack occurred sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., when she was discovered dead. Investigators believe Woll may have stumbled out of her home after the attack and collapsed in her yard.

A critical aspect of the investigation was whether Woll had left the wedding alone, White emphasized.

Samantha Woll, a political and community activist, had been involved in the political campaigns of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Senator Stephanie Chang. Both gave emotional eulogies at Woll’s funeral. She had also worked with other Democratic candidates.

Woll’s interfaith efforts received praise, and her loved ones at her funeral described her as a person who embodied kindness, compassion, understanding, and a commitment to justice.

Her family described her as a kind, angelic presence and a ray of sunshine to all who knew her.


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