Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Phoenix, AZ - Police Search for Killer of Well-Respected Prominent Jewish Businessman

A prominent Jewish activist was found slain inside his Phoenix real-estate office Tuesday evening, sending police on a search for the killer and a community reeling from the loss.

The body of Irving Shuman, 84, was discovered about 7:15 p.m. after he failed to show for a dinner appointment. His gold 1998 Lexus GS300 remained missing Wednesday.

Police have not released a cause of death, nor have they publicly speculated about a motive

Those who knew Shuman described him as "a giant" in the Jewish community. For decades, Shuman was active in Jewish associations and pro-Israel lobbies in support of a strong U.S.-Israeli alliance.

He also was the recipient of several top local honors for his service, including the Tree of Life award by the Jewish National Fund in Arizona and the Medal of Honor, the highest prize from the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.


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