19-year-old Shot Dead During Pizzeria Robbery in Northern Israel

The assailants fled on foot; the shooting was one of three violent gun incidents to take place across Israel on Monday night.

Israeli teen Daniel Haikin who was killed at the pizzeria where he worked in Nesher in northern Israel. August 2, 2016.
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A 19-year-old delivery man was shot and killed on Monday night during an armed robbery of a pizzeria in the Haifa suburb of Nesher.

Daniel Haikin was an employee of the pizza restaurant, which was located in a commercial center. Police, who called the incident “a robbery gone bad,” said the assailants fled on foot and were still at large. 

Paramedics who were summoned to the scene rushed Haikin, who sustained critical wounds to his upper torso, to a Haifa hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A gag order has been issued regarding the details of the investigation. 

According to a friend of the victim, Nitai Weitzman, the assailants were trying to steal the motor scooter that Haikin used for his pizza deliveries, and shot him when he tried to resist.

Haikin is survived by his parents and two younger brothers. He was laid to rest last night in the town’s cemetery. 

“We stand here and can’t believe that this is reality and not a dream,” one of Haikin’s friends said in a eulogy. “We can’t describe in words how special you were. Endless giving, caring for others, love of friends and light that shone on everyone around you. You were handsome and had a giant heart, you loved life and fun.”

Nesher’s mayor, Avi Binamo, said in his eulogy that Haikin had taken a friend’s shift at the pizzeria on Tuesday. He also said Haikin helped his family raise his two younger brothers.

Haikin’s aunt, Kati Lobersky, said Haikin was a “pure soul. There isn’t and there will never be another one like him.” 

Haikin’s former teacher, Hagit Tzofar, said during a condolence call at his parents’ home: “Daniel was a very smart boy. We worked together closely all the time. It’s hard for me to talk about him in the past tense I saw him not long ago, he came to visit me at the high school.” 

Tzofar also noted Haikin’s devotion to his brothers, remembering that he would ask to leave school early to take care of them.

This was one of at least three violent gun incidents to take place across Israel on Monday evening. A man was seriously wounded in Kfar Sava and a 32-year-old woman sustained light to moderate injuries in a Jaffa. In both case police described the shootings as criminal in nature.

A 19-year-old pizza delivery man was shot dead on Monday night during a robbery in northern Israel.

Daniel Haikin was killed at the pizzeria where he worked in Nesher. The assailants fled on foot, and the police are still searching for them. 

Paramedics responding on the scene rushed Haikin, who sustained critical wounds to his upper torso, to a Haifa hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

This was one of at least three violent gun incidents to take place across Israel on Monday evening. A man was seriously wounded in Kfar Sava and a woman sustained light to moderate injuries in a Jaffa in shootings that were described by police as criminal.