Drowning victims mourned in Kiryas Joel

Mourners in Kiryas Joel couldn't hide their grief Wednesday as the hearse carrying the body of Rabbi Chaim Parnes arrived. Hundreds of members of the

Hundreds of members of the town's main synagogue located on Garfield Road crowded the streets.

Hundreds of members of the town's main synagogue located on Garfield Road crowded the streets. (5/18/16)

KIRYAS JOEL - Mourners in Kiryas Joel couldn't hide their grief Wednesday as the hearse carrying the body of Rabbi Chaim Parnes arrived.  

Hundreds of members of the town's main synagogue located on Garfield Road crowded the streets.

Parnes, a well-known diamond dealer, drowned 24 hours earlier on Haulover Beach in Miami.  The beach also claimed the life of Satmar President and United Talmudical Academy founder Rabbi Yitzchak Rosenberg.

Rosenberg had strong ties to Kiryas Joel, but is from Brooklyn where emotional mourners were similarly seen Wedensday during his funeral services.

Though authorities continue to investigate, they say the men were among a group of four bathing in a secluded area of the beach when they were overcome by a riptide.

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