Murdered yeshiva student identified: Ezra Yehiel Schwartz

November 19, 2015  

The yeshiva student who was murdered by a terrorist Thursday in Gush Etzion is Ezra Yehiel Schwartz, 18, a US citizen and a student at the Ashreinu Yeshiva in Beit Shemesh. He was in Israel on his own.

He and the other students who were hurt in the attack had come to help build the Oz Vegaon site, which was established in memory of the three yeshiva students who were abducted and murdered last summer.

His funeral will be held in Boston on Sunday.

ZAKA emergency services have contacted his family in the US, as well as a relative in Israel who is to identify his body.

The Beit Shemesh Municipality announced that it is “shocked and grief-stricken by the murder of the yeshiva student, in the shooting attack at Guush Etzion.”

Schwartz had come, together with five other students from abroad, to hand out food to soldiers in Gush Etzion.

The five other students were lightly wounded and are being treated at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

The students are in Israel as part of a program in which youths volunteer for 9.5 months, studying at yeshiva during the day and volunteering in the evenings.

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