A Detroit synagogue president was found stabbed to death outside her home in the downtown area of the city on Saturday morning.
Samantha Woll, 40, was head of the Isaac Agree Downtown Detroit Synagogue since 2022, and was known for her work with several Democratic politicians including Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.
Woll’s body was reportedly discovered after a ‘trail of blood’ led to her home, where she was found with multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say they are still investigating the crime, and have not released a motive for the crime. It remains unclear if the killing has any relation to unrest in the Middle East.
The Detroit Police Department told DailyMail.com that no arrests have been made and no press conference has been scheduled. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Section at (313) 596-2260.
Samantha Woll, 40, was found stabbed to death outside her home on Saturday morning
Tributes have poured in for the synagogue president, who was known for her work building bridges between the local Jewish and Muslim communities
The Jewish leader’s body was discovered outside her home in the downtown area of Detroit, after police followed a trail of blood to her property
Tributes quickly poured in for the religious leader, who was noted for her work building bridges between the Jewish and Muslim communities, as her synagogue expressed shock at her sudden ‘unexpected’ passing.
‘At this point we do not have more information, but will share more when it becomes available,’ her synagogue said.
‘May her memory be a blessing.’
Woll was named in the Detroit Jewish News’ ’36 under 36′ list in 2017, which described her as a ‘social justice and political activist’.
‘She was instrumental in the founding of the Muslim-Jewish Forum of Detroit — a grassroots collective of young adults of both faiths who gather in partnership to learn, celebrate and build community together,’ the glowing profile read.
She was praised for helping ‘to build and deepen important relationships’ between local Jewish and Muslim communities, where she hosted ‘revolutionary events, including an Interfaith Iftar dinner welcoming Syrian refugees.’
‘By extending her hand and creating space for connection between Muslims and Jews, she has exemplified the values of healing the world.’
Michigan has one of the largest Muslim populations per capita in the United States, according to the World Population Review.
Investigators have not indicated any link to the conflict in the Middle East, however it comes just days after US Attorney General Merrick Garland warned that Muslim and Jewish people are at an increased risk of threats and hate crimes due to the situation.
The fatal stabbing has also come just a week after Palestinian-American boy Wadea Al-Fayoume, 6, was stabbed to death in Illinois.
Michigan Attorney General Danal Nessel paid a heartbreaking tribute to Woll (pictured together), where she said the Jewish leader was ‘as kind a person as I’ve ever known’
Woll had been the head of the Isaac Agree Downtown Detroit Synagogue since 2022, and was also known for her work with several Democrat politicians
Woll was tragically pronounced dead at the scene outside her home after suffering multiple stab wounds
Wolls fatal stabbing has come just a week after six-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume, a Palestinian-American boy, was also stabbed to death in Illinois. Police have not established any link between her stabbing and the conflict in the Middle East
In a statement after the Jewish leaders’ death, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who Woll had also worked for on her re-election campaign, said she was ‘shocked, saddened and horrified’ at the ‘murder.’
‘Sam was as kind a person as I’ve ever known. She was driven by her sincere love of her community, state and country. Sam truly used her faith and activism to create a better place for everyone,’ Nessel said on X.
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin also praised Woll, saying she was one of the leaders who helped guide her office in her first full term in Washington.
‘She did for our team as Deputy District Director what came so naturally to her: helping others & serving constituents,’ she said on X.
‘Separately, in politics & in the Jewish community, she dedicated her short life to building understanding across faiths, bringing light in the face of darkness.’
Woll had appeared in Detroit Jewish News ‘ ’36 under 36’ list in 2017, where she was noted as a ‘social justice and political activist’
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he was devastated ‘to learn of the loss of one of Detroit’s great young leaders.’
‘Just weeks ago, I shared a day of joy with Sam at the dedication of the newly renovated Downtown Synagogue. It was a project she successfully led with great pride and enthusiasm,’ he said in a statement.
‘Sam’s loss has left a huge hole in the Detroit community. This entire city joins with her family and friends in mourning her tragic death.’
State Rep. Noah Arbit, who is Jewish, described Woll as the ‘kindest, most beautiful soul’ as he paid his respects.
‘I am shattered and broken and unable to move. There are no words,’ he said.
‘The kindest, most beautiful soul taken in the most evil, brutal way. Sam was committed to justice and equality. In her name we will never give up. Baruch Dayan Emet, Sam. You were so loved and cherished.’