Bodies of Husband, Wife Found Shot Dead in Galilee

A Hadera couple was found shot dead overnight Sunday in the Galilee community of Kadita.

Sigalit Kirschner, 46 and her husband, David Katchkart, 40, were married two weeks ago.

A Safed Magistrate's Court judge has slapped a gag order on some details of the case, at the police's request.

They were found dead early Monday morning, lying next to a taxi on a dirt road in Kadita. The two bodies were spotted by a couple vacationing in Kadita, as they returned from a night out. They notified the authorities.

"We found a man and a woman lying on the ground covered in blood. There was nothing we could do but pronounce them dead," said paramedic Ronen Ben-Harouch of Magen David Adom.

Shimon Amsalem, a Kadita resident, said that he saw the bodies and directed the rescue teams to the spot, but "we didn't hear gunshots."

"At about 11:30 P.M. I awoke to hear dogs barking loudly in the valley. It was very strange. We found out afterward that the murder had taken place outside the valley, near Kadita, but none of us heard any shots," said Moshe Albaz, another resident.

"This is a very complex crime scene and it is too early to determine what really happened here," said Galilee district police commander Brigadier General Menachem Hever.

Kadita, founded 30 years ago, is a country community that attracts people seeking refuge from the rat race and bourgeois values. Most of the houses there were built illegally.