Hundreds Attend Funeral for Victim of Sunday's Tel Aviv Truck Rampage

Aviv Morag's father calls for the perpetrator to spend his entire life in prison.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral yesterday of 29-year-old Aviv Morag, who was killed Sunday when a truck driver from the town of Kafr Qasem smashed into his car in south Tel Aviv in an apparent terror attack.

The 22-year-old driver also hit several other cars and a bus before crashing into a fence outside the Golomb elementary school, at 9.30 A.M. Sunday morning. Sixteen people were treated for injuries.

Aviv Morag funeral - Itzik Ben-Malki
Itzik Ben-Malki

Morag's father, David, said in his eulogy: "My great hope is that the murderous terrorist will not leave prison alive. We will do all we can so he does not leave prison and bears his punishment."

Morag's sister, Paz, said: "Aviv, my precious big brother, I still can't believe you're gone ... I see your beautiful face, your blue eyes waiting for me to laugh at your jokes ... You are a role model for me; I was always proud of you. When they told me about the terrible thing that happened, the first thing I thought of was how will we live from now on. I want you to be proud of me. I miss you with all my heart."

A friend of Morag's, Amir, said at the grave-side that Aviv had brought all of their friends together at his birthday parties, where they would celebrate at special places in the country. "Keep us together always," he said.

The court has remanded the truck driver until Monday. Police have issued a gag order on the man's name and other information about him.

Police and the Shin Bet security service are continuing their investigation of the incident. They have still not stated unequivocally whether it was an accident or a purposeful attack.

However, senior police officers have been quoted as saying that there is no doubt that it was an attack.