Samantha Woll had ties to state Democrats, having worked for Rep. Elissa Slotkin and served on state Attorney General Dana Nessel’s re-election campaign.
The president of a Detroit synagogue, Samantha Woll, 40, was tragically discovered fatally stabbed outside her home on Saturday morning. Woll led the congregation of Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and her unexpected death was confirmed by the synagogue in a statement expressing shock and sadness.
Detroit Police Chief James E. White appealed for patience from the public as resources were deployed for the investigation, promising an update on Sunday morning.
Authorities responded to a 911 call reporting an unresponsive person at Woll’s home, discovering multiple stab wounds and a trail of blood leading to the crime scene. The ADL Michigan urged against speculation on motive, emphasizing the need for law enforcement to gather facts.
Samantha Woll had ties to state Democrats, having worked for Rep. Elissa Slotkin and served on state Attorney General Dana Nessel’s re-election campaign. Slotkin praised Woll’s dedication to community service, highlighting her contributions both in politics and the Jewish community.
Nessel expressed shock and described Woll as a kind and driven individual who used her faith and activism to create a better place for everyone.
Michigan, with a significant Middle Eastern and North African heritage population, has a Jewish community of around 105,000, according to a 2021 Brandeis University analysis. The tragic incident has left the community mourning and law enforcement diligently investigating the circumstances surrounding Woll’s death.