On Sunday morning, Virginia Beach Police were stunned upon arriving at the 1300 block of Wren Place. The body of 68-year-old Dr. Abbey Horwitz was lying on the premises with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead on the site. The police arrested his daughter, 34-year-old Michael ‘Norah’ Horwitz, and charged her with second-degree murder and stabbing in the commission of a felony.
Dr. Horwitz was a well-loved dentist from Virginia Beach who had been practicing at his The Art of Dentistry clinic since 1977. He had recently retired in February, and his many co-workers and relatives came to remember him. Not only had he dedicated his lifetime to dentistry, but he had also greatly involved himself in the local Jewish community. He often volunteered his services in Israel, Romania, and the former Soviet Union.
Horwitz’s daughter, Norah, appeared in court via videoconference from jail on Monday. There, she spoke about her dishwashing job and was placed under suicide watch. A bond hearing was supposed to take place the next day, removed it due to unknown reasons.
According to police, Norah was in the process of transitioning. The motive for Norah stabbing her father remains unclear, but it is considered a domestic dispute. However, people who knew Horwitz still remember him as a generous and selfless figure. His neighbor recalled that he often held barbecues for four generations of his family, comprising his parents, children, and grandchildren.
The sudden passing of Dr. Horwitz has resulted in a sense of shock and sorrow in his local community and family. He was described as generous and kind-hearted, and his passing reminds us of the importance of mental health and supporting those struggling.