Jerusalem Attack Victims Laid to Rest - Including dual-American Citizen

Funerals for all four take place Monday after attack that wounded 15 others.

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The four victims killed in a Jerusalem car-ramming attack on January 8, 2017.
The four victims killed in a Jerusalem car-ramming attack on January 8, 2017.

The four victims of Sunday's car-ramming attack in Jerusalem were identified as Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj, 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20. Orbach was an American citizen, a US Embassy official told Haaretz. All four were buried Monday.

Tzur lived in Haifa and was a graduate of the Reali High School and had American-born parents, according to a soldier who served alongside her in the army. She began her service in the pilot's training course and was reposted to the Intelligence Corp. after being eliminated. She was posthumously promoted to 2nd Lt. Her funeral took place at Haifa's military cemetery on Monday.

Orbach is the eldest of six brothers who lived together in Alon Shvut and graduated from the Neve Shmuel Yeshiva High School. He volunteered for military service in the IAF where he served in the Flight Test Squadron's Technical Department before setting out to become an officer. He holds U.S. citizenship through his mother, Caryn Tzadok Orbach, a family member confirmed. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of 2nd Lt. His funeral was on Monday at the cemetery in Kfar Etzion.

Yekutiel completed the officer's-training course two months ago and was transferred to serve as a propaganda officer in the Education Corp. She leaves behind her two parents and a sister. She was posthumously promoted to 1st Lt. Her funeral took place at the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul on Monday.

Hajaj, one of four sisters, was an officer in the Intelligence corp. She was a graduate of the Ort Dekel Vilna'i High School in Ma'ale Adumim. She was also posthumously promoted to the rank of 1st Lt. Her funeral happened on Monday at the military cemetery of Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem.

Hajaj was a commander in the officer's course while Tzur and Orbach were both cadets in the course. The soldiers targeted by the assailant were on an educational trip along with several other groups and Yekutiel was accompanying the group as an educational officer.

Fifteen others were wounded in the attack near the Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv Promenade including two seriously and three moderately.

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