Jewish leaders, family of Brooklyn business owner found dead offering reward

January 7, 2014 2:44:42 AM PST
Pleading for information, a tip, or even a clue, Jewish leaders and the family of Menachem "Max" Stark offered an incentive with a sizable reward of $25,000.

In surveillance video released by police, Stark can be seen in a violent struggle to free himself from two men attempting to abduct him as he left office on Rutledge Street during the blizzard on Thursday night.

Two days later, Stark's burned body was discovered in a dumpster at a gas station in Great Neck.

"We are trying to get our lives together and move on, life will never be the same without Menachem," said Abraham Buxbaum, Menachem's brother in law.

Eyewitness News has learned from police sources that investigators are looking into whether the financial and business dealings of the slain landlord who owned rental properties had something to do with his murder. Denouncing published reports of troubles involving financial dealings, family members describe Stark as a good man.

"This is business, you can't please 100 percent of the people100 percent of the time," said Stark's brother-in-law, Moses Strulowitz.

A business partner is also reportedly said to fear for his life and hiring body guards.

Thousands of mourners turned out Saturday night for Stark's funeral in Brooklyn. Family members and friends say he was married and leaves behind eight children.

"Good things happen from good people, and the worst things happen from the words people, says Strulowitz, "God will punish them."