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Yeshiva Student Shot and Killed in Denver Colorado

UPDATE June 1, 2023: Loepp-Hall was sentenced to 48 years for second-degree murder and 17 years for first-degree kidnapping, to be served consecutively. 

Sides was sentenced to 41.5 years for first-degree assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, and 32 years for kidnapping, to be served concurrently.

Freeman was sentenced to 30 years for aggravated robbery and 30 years for first-degree assault involving multiple victims, to be served concurrently.

Two other suspects who pleaded guilty, Samuel Fussell and Seth Larhode, had their sentencings deferred to later dates; more here.

UPDATE April 5, 2023: Noah Loepp-Hall, 21, pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. Seth LaRhode, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and theft; and Aden Sides, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury and kidnapping, the Denver District Attorney’s Office announced in a news release Monday. Two others, Isaiah Freeman and Samuel Fussell, were also charged in connection with the August 17, 2021, killing of Shmuel Silverberg; more here.

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A Yeshiva student was shot and killed late Tuesday night in front of the Yeshivas Toras Chaim in Denver, Colorado.

The victim, who has yet to be identified but was reported to have been from out of town, was initially injured by the shooting and was later pronounced dead, the Denver Police Department announced over Twitter.

The shooter remains at large, and police are continuing to investigate the incident.

The murder came amid a night of shootings in the city, with three incidents happening late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Denver police indicated that these crimes were linked to a single armed and dangerous group, and identified three vehicles linked to them, calling on the public for information and offering a reward of up to $2,000.

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The Yeshivas Toras Chaim is a Lakewood satellite institution, the first to be founded. It was established in 1967 by Rabbi Yitzchok Wasserman and Rosh Yeshiva Yisroel Meir Kagan. The two were students of the famous Rabbi Aharon Kotler, who founded the Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood.

It was one of the few full-time yeshivas in the US to not be located on the east coast.