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Well-Known Turkish Jewish Couple Murdered

Well-known Turkish Jewish couple found murdered at their home in Istanbul. Motive unknown.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/22/2014, 11:56 PM

Crime scene (illustration)
Crime scene (illustration)
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A well-known Turkish Jewish couple have been murdered at their home in Istanbul, the Hurriyet daily reported on Friday.

According to the report, police found the bodies of Jak Karako, 77, and his wife, Georgia Karako, 69, at their apartment in Istanbul’s Ortaköy neighborhood.

Their caretaker, who fled the scene, is suspected to have stabbed the couple, according to the Hurriyet.

The police, who search for the caretaker as part of the ongoing investigation, surrounded the building and interrogated locals, the report said.

Jak Karako was one of the founders of Ören Bayan, the most famous yarn brand in Turkey. Moiz Dana, the other co-founder, died while travelling to the United States in 2009.

The sons of Karako and Dana had taken over the company from their father in the 1990s and the families later sold the company due to financial troubles, reported the Hurriyet.

There is no indication yet of what the motive for the murder was, and whether it was related to anti-Semitism or to the tense relations between Turkey and Israel in recent years.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)