Jewish Coin Dealer Murdered in New York

Brooklyn coin dealer dead after being attacked and brutally beaten by thieves.

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Elad Benari,

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A Jewish coin dealer from Brooklyn died on Tuesday after a group of thieves attacked him near his shop and dumped his battered body a mile away, the New York Daily News reported.

Police sources said 61-year-old Steve Halfon had just closed his shop on Kings Highway in Gravesend and was walking to his car when three men ambushed him just before 5:30 p.m.

The sources said the men beat Halfon, stuffed him in a car and drove away. They dumped his body on East Seventh St. near Avenue N in Midwood and abandoned the car.

A passing motorist spotted Halfon’s body and called the police. Halfon was taken to New York Community Hospital but could not be saved.

It was not clear if the murderers had robbed anything Halfon had in his possession, but his friends said Halfon had an impressive collection of gold and antique relics and always carried a load of cash on his person.

No arrests have been made in the murder.

The Misaskim Organization, which provides halakhic assistance and moral support in the event of tragedy, said it is working closely with the NYC Medical Examiner’s Office to ensure that the utmost Kavod HaNiftar (respect to the dead) is given to Halfon.