Victims of Tel Aviv Shooting Brought to Rest in Their Home Towns

Large crowds accompanied the final journeys of Alon Bakal, 26, in Karmiel and Shimon Ruimi, 30, in Ofakim.

Mourners attending the funeral of Shimon Ruimi in Ofakim on Sunday.
Eliahu Hirschkowitz

The two victims of Friday's shooting attack in Tel Aviv were laid to rest on Sunday.

In the northern Israel city of Karmiel, a crowd of over 2,000 people attended the funeral of Alon Bakal, 26, shift manager at the Hasimta bar on Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Street where the attack occurred.

"How can I write a farewell letter to a boy who hasn't yet turned 27?" Barkal's father, David, said in his eulogy. "What prospects you had. Everyone knew you'd go far."

Alon Bakal, one of the people killed in the Tel Aviv shooting on January 1, 2016.
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Deputy Interior Minister Yaron Mazuz and Yesh Atid Chairman Knesset Member Yair Lapid were among those attending the funeral

In Ofakim, in the south, another large crowd accompanied Shimon Ruimi, 30, to his last resting place. Shimon was the second of Iris and Mahlouf Ruimi's four sons.

His aunt, Mor Peretz, eulogized him as "the child of life, our hero, righteous and smart. Now we understand the meaning of the phrase 'before his time.'"

"You were killed by an evil person because you were a Jew," Peretz continued. "May God avenge you."

Also attending the funeral were Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis and Ofakim Mayor Itzik Danino.

Seven people were wounded in the attack, two of whom are still hospitalized in serious condition.

Police are still searching for the alleged assailant, who has been named as Nashat Melhem from Arara in northern Israel.