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Alan Senitt update

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-07-11

Alan Senitt

Alan Senitt

All four suspects which include three adults and one teenager which police arrested following the brutal murder early Sunday morning of former Union of Jewish Students chairman Alan Senitt have appeared in court.

The adults, 25-year-old Kristopher Piper, 22-year-old Jeffrey Rice and 26-year-old Olivia Miles are being held pending a July 19 hearing in Washington, while the 15-year-old boy will also remain in custody.

According to police, Piper and Rice are claiming that each other was responsible for the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Mr Senitt who was walking home a female friend in the Georgetown area of Washington DC when they were confronted by the suspects who police say demanded cash and property.

The 15-year-old boy pleaded not guilty, while Miles is said to have been the getaway driver.

Within hours of his death, tributes to Mr Senitt were pouring across the community.

"The Jewish community as a whole has lost one of its bright young leaders, and the wider world has lost a champion of peace and goodwill," said Lord Janner with whom Mr Senitt worked with on the Co-Existence Trust which brings Jewish and Muslim leaders together.

Mr Senitt was working in the Washington as a volunteer to US politician Mark R. Warner's potential presidential campaign.