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Jersey City shootout victims remembered as generous, helpful, courageous

One opened a grocery store that became a hub for a growing community.
Another was a young student who stood out for his charitable work.
Another was an exemplary cop who tried to make the streets safer.
Another was a worker who was always eager to help his customers.

This is what we know about the four victims of the attack here that ended with a gun battle between police and the two shooters at the JC Kosher Supermarket. The two shooters were found dead in the store. Officials say their motive has not yet been determined.

Mindy Ferencz, 32
Ferencz and her husband, Moshe, were among the first 10 Hasidic Jews to move to Jersey City from Brooklyn, according to two local Hatzolah emergency service volunteers who frequented JC Kosher. Ferenz’s family opened the store about four years ago.
“She and her husband were both really, really sweet people,” Jacob, a Hatzolah volunteer who lives in Union City, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “They were very friendly, always had a smile, were really nice to you when you walked in, and it’s definitely going to be something that’s going to be missed.”
Jacob, who declined to give his last name, said Ferencz was committed to making high-quality food that was popular with the store’s customers. The mother of five also would encourage customers from outside the city to move here.
“There is a salad bar there now which everybody knows now,” he said. “She made the food that we eat [for Shabbat] — kugel, cholent. She did a lot.”
“We used to go for lunch all the time,” said Mendy, the other volunteer. “And she was always there making sure there was enough food in the salad bar.”
The grocery store is now being repaired following the shooting. But even when it reopens, Mendy says, something — and someone — will be missing.
“It’s going to take some time to get it up and running again,” he said. “But it’s definitely not going to be the same. Even if they rebuild, even if they change the look and everything, there’s still going to be the feeling of what happened over there.”

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