Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Parents bury ‘innocent, gentle’ daughter, stabbed to death at pride parade

Classmates, friends and relatives eulogize Shira Banki, 16, a ‘beautiful flower’ killed in a senseless act of hatred

By Tamar Pileggi for The Times of Israel
Thousands of people gathered at Kibbutz Nachshon west of Jerusalem Monday to pay their last respects to Shira Banki, the 16-year-old high school student fatally stabbed at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last Thursday.

Mourners, including classmates, friends and relatives, recalled a “beautiful flower” who was killed in a senseless act of hatred.

Banki was one of six people stabbed by ultra-Orthodox assailant Yishai Schlissel. Evacuated to a local hospital in critical condition, Banki died of her wounds Sunday.

In a funeral ceremony closed to the media, her parents, Uri and Mika, eulogized their daughter. “Shir, an intelligent, beautiful, intelligent, gentle, curious, musical girl… Even adolescence had passed over her with grace, and she blossomed like a beautiful flower.

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