Hundreds Mourn as Tel Aviv Gay Center Attack Victims Laid to Rest

Education Minister tells mourners: I feel shame for a society that has become violent, cruel.

Hundreds of people attended the separate funerals Sunday evening of Nir Katz, 26, and Liz Trobishi, 16, who were both killed in the shooting attack Saturday night at a Tel Aviv gay center.

Katz, 26, was buried in Modi'in. His sister, Chen, who had lived with him for the last seven months, arrived with a gay pride flag, which she placed on his grave at the end of the funeral.

"I am carrying this flag because we don't need to lift it up but rather to fly it and to show what hate without purpose can lead to," she eulogized, adding that "the struggle started here and we will extract it at its roots...because everybody is equal and it doesn't matter what their leaning is."

Nir's mother Ayala also delivered a eulogy, telling mourners that her son would not have believed such an attack could occur.

"Nir always had endless love for every living creature...always with respect for every form of life and a lot of respect for those around him," she said. "With all the love-giving, someone who opposed this path ended his life."

Katz was the second member of his family to die in tragic circumstances. His father Ram was one of five reserve soldiers killed in a training accident at the IDF base of Tse'elim in 1990.

Trobishi, 16, was laid to rest in Holon later the same evening.

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar attended her funeral, and told the mourners that it was hard to believe there could be such evil as that which cut short Trobishi's life.

"I have to say that I felt yesterday and I feel today shame for a society that is turning into a violent, cruel, inhumane society. Week after week, we hear and read about things that our brains cannot process, and I really hope that together we can create in the future a better society and protect our children."

Trobishi is survived by her parents and three brothers.

Liz was killed by a madman, says aunt of gay center attack victim

Friends and relatives who flocked until the early hours of Sunday morning to Trobishi's home, told of a happy girl who loved to write poetry.

"Liz is a wonderful girl, with blue eyes, blond hair, and a great smile. I don't know what happened, she was a passing visitor and she has no connection to that place," said her aunt Silvia Shalom, adding that "she was a victim of somebody insane."

Trobishi's friends said she participated regularly in activities held by the gay youth organization Igy, even though she herself was not a lesbian.

"Although I am not a part of the Igy community I really love being with them," the 16-year-old wrote on the youth organization's online forum a few months ago.

"I connected with a lot of people, met a lot of nice people and am not sorry for any moment," she added.

According to her friends, whenever somebody would announce online that they had come out of the closet, Trobishi would post a message of support on the forum.

"I am so happy to know it went well," she wrote to one of her friends.