A few dozen friends and family members gathered yesterday at Jerusalem's Har Hamenuhot cemetery for the graveside ceremony marking the passage of 30 days since the burial of Nurit and Noah Maoz, who were murdered in their home in the capital last month.
The couple's eldest son, Guy, 38, who lives in New York, did not attend the memorial, presumably due to the great distances involved. Particularly notable was the absence yesterday of the younger son, Daniel Maoz, 29, who lives in Tel Aviv and did attend his parents' funerals 30 days ago. Their daughter, Tamar, 38, was there yesterday, as was Daniel's twin brother, Nir, who recited Kaddish over the new headstones.
As was reported after the incident, in the early evening hours of Saturday, August 13, Nurit and Noah returned to their apartment in Ramot from a visit with friends. A few hours later some of their neighbors heard a woman's screams coming from the direction of their home.
"I heard bloodcurdling screams: 'He's killing me, he's killing me,'" one neighbor said after learning of the murder.
"Then the cries died down, like a slaughtered calf," he continued. The neighbor, like a number of others who later reported hearing the screams, did not call the police.
It was Nir Maoz who found his parents' bodies, after going to the apartment the following morning when the dental clinic where his father worked called to say Noah Maoz had not reported to work that day.
Nir called the police, who began investigating the deaths as a double murder.
The Maozes were buried the following day, after Guy and Tamar returned from abroad.
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