JERUSALEM (VINnews) — 15-year-old Aryeh Shachupak of Har Nof was murdered in the explosion which occurred Wednesday morning at the entrance to Jerusalem. Aryeh, a Canadian citizen whose parents immigrated to Israel, was on the way to his yeshiva ketana in Moshav Bet Meir when the explosion occurred at 7:05 AM, killing him and seriously injuring his friend Elchanan. 14 other people were injured in the blast, 2 of them seriously.
Shas leader Aryeh Deri, himself a resident of Har Nof, wrote that ” I am shocked and pained at the criminal murder of Aryeh Shachupak, a yeshiva student who died Al Kiddush Hashem (sanctifying G-d’s name) at the hands of vile murderers in the terrorist attack at the entrance to Jerusalem. I send condolences to his family and wishes for speedy recovery to the injured and strengthen the hands of security forces in their struggle against terror.”
Aryeh’s parents were informed of his passing and arrived at Shaarei Tzedek to identify their son. Aryeh’s mother said that he had told her this morning that he did not feel well and she told him that he could stay at home but he insisted on going to yeshiva.
His friends at the Harei Yehuda yeshiva in Bet Meir were in shock at the terrible news and related that he was in the second-level shiur and was a sweet and good student who was quiet,loved by his friends and studied Torah with great diligence.
The levaya will take place at 3 PM Israel time from Boston shul in Har Nof to Har Hamenuchot.
Aryeh had studied at a Talmud Torah in Har Nof and in a Mechina in Haifa before entering the yeshiva in Bet Meir.
Aryeh’s friend Elchanan was with him and was moderately to seriously injured. Elchanan’s father Avi Bitton said that his son had said that someone who looked like an Arab had “taken pictures” of the bus stop and the people there and then there was a terrifying explosion.
Police believe the same person was responsible for the Ramot remote-action explosion which occurred a short time later.