Crimes and Courts

A motive for the attack of Samantha Woll is not yet known, the Detroit Police Department said

The president of a Detroit synagogue board was found dead outside her home Saturday morning, police confirmed.

Samantha Woll, president of the board of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in downtown Detroit, suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene after officers were called Saturday morning about a person lying on the ground unresponsive, the Detroit Police Department said in a statement, according to CNN. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found a “trail of blood” leading them to Woll’s home, where they believe the crime occurred.

A motive for the attack is not yet known, the police department said.

In a statement, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Woll’s death “has left a huge hole in the Detroit community.”

“This entire city joins with her family and friends in mourning her tragic death,” the mayor added.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also paid tribute to Woll in a statement on Facebook, saying, “Sam was as kind a person as I’ve ever known. She was driven by her sincere love of her community, state and country.”


The Isaac Agree Downtown Detroit Synagogue called Woll’s death “unexpected” in a statement. “At this point we do not have more information, but will share more when it becomes available. May her memory be a blessing.”

Along with serving on the board of the synagogue, Woll previously worked for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and the re-election campaign of Attorney General Dana Nessel.