(JNS.org) The four Israeli soldiers killed in Sunday’s truck-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem were laid to rest Monday in separate ceremonies across Israel.
The soldiers, all of whom were in the early months of their training, were Lt. Yael Yekutiel, 20, from the central Israeli city of Givatayim; cadets Shir Hajaj, 22, from the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim and Shira Tzur, 20, from Haifa; and Sec.-Lt. Erez Orbach, 20, from Alon Shvut, southwest of Jerusalem.
Hajaj was a resident of the Jerusalem suburb Ma'ale Adumim. She was the oldest of four girls in her family, Chabad.org reported. She worked with the local branch of Colel Chabad and the Chesed Menachem Mendel program and spent time tutoring in physics and math a local teenager whose father died from an illness three years ago. Hajaj completed her last tutoring session Saturday evening, just hours before she left her family home for the last time, Chabad.org reported.
Orbach, who was a dual Israeli-American citizen, was laid to rest at a cemetery in Kfar Etzion. Tzur was born to American parents.
“[Tzur] was a remarkable girl, invested, a guide in the [Israeli] scouts. Everyone regarded her as an exemplary graduate—an outstanding girl, a social leader and also emotionally sensitive to justice and injustices,” said Mandi Ravinovich, the director of the school system that Tzur attended, the Jerusalem Post reported.
"My heart hurts that in this crazy country, a soldier in uniform becomes a target for radical Muslim terrorism and we don't know how to ensure her wellbeing on the day that she goes to see Jerusalem," Ravinovich added.
The funeral for Hajaj took place Monday afternoon at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery, while people gathered to mourn Yael Yekutial in Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul cemetery.
“What a beauty God gave us. How proud we were of you. Our Shir. Why do we deserve this? Why? What will we do without you?” Hajaj’s mother, Meirav, said at the ceremony.