An 80-year-old Holocaust survivor was found murdered in a famous California neighborhood celebrities including Frank Sinatra once called home.
On July 30 around 10:25 p.m., officers from the Palm Springs Police Department discovered the body of 80-year-old Joseph Rajczi in the Movie Colony section of Palm Springs. Over a week later, authorities announced his death was ruled a homicide.
Police have since released few details to the public and not named any suspects in the case.
Rajczi owned and operated the women’s clothing store Best for Less in the desert city but recently sold the business and retired.
A Movie Colony neighbor and acquaintance of Rajczi recalled he was “easy to get along with.”
“He had a great fashion sense with his dress shop, and he was just very kind to people,” Joy Meredith told the Desert Sun. “Sometimes, he gave some of his clothing to homeless people … He will be missed.”
“The thought of somebody working so hard all of these years and just putting in all this time and then finally going to retire at 80, it was such an extra sad story to me,” she added.
The neighborhood, Meredith said, is “on edge” in the wake of Rajczi’s unsolved murder.
“It’s disconcerting to me if it was someone random … that really scares me,” neighborhood resident Melissa Curtin told the publication. “I didn't sleep all weekend because I was so scared.”
"It's very disconcerting, it's very scary to know that something like this is happening in the neighborhood," Richard Khanbegian echoed to Palm Springs’ KESQ-TV.