Jerusalem Memorial for Gay Pride Stabbing Victim Draws Hundreds

Meanwhile, teachers and students gather at Shira Banki's high school; Minister Bennett stops by as well.

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File photo: A memorial service held for Shira Banki in Jerusalem, August 2, 2015.
File photo: A memorial service held for Shira Banki in Jerusalem, August 2, 2015. Credit: Nir Keidar
Nir Hasson
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Hundreds of people gathered at Jerusalem's Zion Square on Sunday night to remember Shira Banki, a 16-year-old who died after being stabbed during the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade on Thursday.

Attendees sang and lit candles at the memorial service, which was organized by the Hebrew University's student union. A speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was broadcast at the event.

Meanwhile, students and teachers assembled at the Hebrew University High School, where Banki was a 10th grader.

"Her death requires us to accept the other, to love mankind and its freedom," the school said in a statement.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett stopped by the school as well to express his support.

"Shira was murdered because extremism reared its head. Because people believe they own the entire truth. Because we don't know how to accept the other," the minister said.

The school received more difficult news on Sunday as it emerged that Dor Cohen, a 22-year-old graduate, died while hiking in Georgia.

Banki succumbed to her wounds on Sunday three days after being critically hurt by an ultra-Orthodox man that went on a stabbing rampage at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade. Five other people were wounded in the attack. The time of her funeral has yet to be announced. 

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