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By Reuters

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 9, 2012) (REUTERS) ***CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER DOV HIKIND STANDING WITH FRIENDS OF THE KLETZKY FAMILY (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOV HIKIND, NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER, READING STATEMENT FROM THE KLETZKY FAMILY, SAYING: "Everything in the world is from God. Everything that happens is his will. We all have challenges, but God gives us the strength to overcome these challenges. My wife, Esther, and children all understand that the role in this life is to do good and to continue on with even greater strength. We have made until now only with God's help and for that I thank God with all my heart. There is no way one can comprehend or understand the pain of losing a child. Esther and I faced this unspeakable tragedy last year when our little boy Leiby was ruthlessly taken from us. Today my family has received some partial closure on one aspect of this nightmare. Closure does not mean we do not continue to feel the pain. A day does not pass without our thinking of Leiby. But today we close the door on this one aspect of our tragedy and seek to remember only the gifts that God has bestowed, including the nine years that Leiby was with us. May our son's soul rest in peace and continue to advocate in heaven for all mankind." JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOV HIKIND, NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBER, READING STATEMENT FROM THE KLETZKY FAMILY, SAYING: "We are thankful to the many that shared our pain. We heard from people from across the world and from all walks of life and we took comfort from your sincere care and support. Most of all we are grateful to God for giving us Leiby and our other children. We want to stress this one point because it is so vital that everyone understands, God did not abandon our son. God did not abandon our son or our family for one second. He was with Leiby. He was with us. This is what we believe with all our heart." JOURNALISTS DEFENSE TEAM (SOUNDBITE) (English) PIERRE BRAZILE, DEFENSE LAWYER, SAYING: "I'm not going to offer any diagnosis. But his mental state is not the same as yours or mine." DEFENSE LAWYERS BRAZILE AND MCCANN STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (English) JENNIFER MCCANN, DEFENSE LAWYER, SAYING: "Of course he was nervous, as any defendant coming in to take a plea for 40 to life. He's also a defendant that is well aware of the charges that are against him and what he has done. He came in today to admit his guilt and to take responsibility for his actions. Of course he wasn't going to be very cheerful about it or give a lot of words about it. He's very remorseful about it in his own way and unfortunately his mental capacities preclude him from expressing them in a way that you or I would normally find typical. That is unfortunate, but he does understand what is going on. He understands the charges and he is well aware of the plea deal." JOURNALISTS VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF THE COURT BUILDING
Dateline: 2012

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