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Thousands Mourn Man Kidnapped, Killed in NY

jorgeantonio/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A funeral for a Hasidic man who was kidnapped and killed as the biggest snowstorm of the year hit New York City, drew thousands of mourners this weekend.

Menachem Stark, 39, was kidnapped Thursday night in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn as frigid cold and a growing storm gripped New York.

Surveillance video showed two suspects grab Stark just outside his office and put him into a light-colored Dodge Caravan minivan.  According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV in New York, Stark was leaving his office around 11:30 p.m. when he was taken.

When he didn't return home, his family first called a volunteer patrol in their neighborhood and then the New York Police Department two hours later.

Stark's partially burned body was found Friday afternoon approximately 17 miles away in a gas station dumpster in Great Neck, Long Island.

Stark's brother, Isidore Stark, told ABC News they had "no clues" for why this might have happened and said the members of Stark's family, including his seven children, were "very heartbroken, in mourning."

On Saturday night, thousands of mourners from the tight-knit Hasidic Jewish community braved the frigid New York weather to pay respects to Stark's family.

Police told ABC News the investigation was ongoing.

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