30 days after Fisher family murder, mourners still struggling to comprehend
Hundreds visit the graves of woman, two children murdered a month ago apparently by their father and husband Michael Fisher.
Hundreds of police officials, officers, friends and family visited the graves Sunday of a woman and two children murdered exactly a month ago, apparently by their father and husband Michael Fisher, a Central Police Unit officer. Police believe Fisher shot all three in their Hod Hasharon home before turning the gun on himself.
The tombstone in the Hod Hasharon cemetery has three separate pieces of marble to mark the graves of wife and mother Hila, 30, son Yuval, 3, and daughter Yarden, 2 months.
Mourners remained standing at the site after the memorial ceremony had ended, struggling to come to grips with the loss of such a young family just a month ago.
Meanwhile, several of Fisher's friends and family members gathered at Kfar Nahman cemetery in Ra'anana to hold a modest remembrance ceremony for the officer. In the isolated corner of the ceremony where Fisher's tombstone is located, his mother and sister delivered eulogies in English.
The inscription on the gravestone reads, in a mixture of Hebrew and English, "My son, my brother and our dear grandson, Chief Inspector Michael Fisher. Son of Raymond and Valerie, father and husband, will always be loved."
"How did we not see what was happening inside you," one mourner said, reading words composed by Fisher's mother Valerie, "while on the outside everything was perfect?"
"Now you're close to dad, and I'm sure you're taking care of one another. We miss you, Hila, Yuval and Yarden," the mourner said. Fisher's father, Raymond, committed suicide a year ago while struggling with cancer. The Fishers immigrated to Israel in 1982 from Leeds, England when Michael was 3 years old.
Police have yet to find a motive for the apparent murder-suicide that sent shock waves throughout the country.