Shalom Dov Ber Lipsh, an eighth-grader in the Chabad school in Nachlat Har Chabad—the Chabad neighborhood in Kiryat Malachi, Israel—was doing what he loved to do on Friday afternoons: helping Jewish men and boys put on tefillin and say a short prayer.

On his way home, the 14-year-old was hit by a car and killed on the spot. The driver has been taken in for questioning.

“The first day of the month of Menachem Av, right before Shabbat, has become a day of mourning and tragedy,” said Eliyahu Zohar, mayor of Kiryat Malachi. “We all share the deep pain of the family on the loss of their son, the tzadik, who was participating in the tefillin campaign in area stores. We embrace the family in these difficult times and are ready to assist them in every way.”

The funeral will take place after Shabbat.

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