Three People Murdered in Israel Within 24-hour Period

25-year-old was known to police for criminal involvement; two others murdered in separate incidents Friday.

A 25-year-old Tira resident known to police for his involvement in violent crime was shot dead late Friday night, marking the third murder in Israel within a 24-hour period.

Kahed Matzri died of his wounds in a Kfar Sava hospital after being shot at close range by one or more assailants while parking his car outside his home at around 4 A.M. The assailants fled the scene.

A police spokesman said Matzri managed to leave the car and take a number of steps toward the entrance to his house after being shot, but then collapsed, before Magen David Adom emergency personnel arrived and evacuated him to the hospital.

Police scanned the area to no avail in their search for the attackers. The shooting is believed to have been criminally motivated.

Earlier Friday, 20-year-old off-duty Israel Defense Forces soldier Or Chen was stabbed to death at a nightspot in Rishon Letzion. Police believe he was murdered during an altercation between several youths who were under the influence of alcohol.

The suspect in the murder, Wogda Malik, had his remand extended by six days on Friday afternoon. Malik had only recently been released from prison for a separate offense before the incident.

Also Friday, a 19-year-old resident of the Bedouin town of Lakiya, near Be'er Sheva, died in hospital of wounds sustained in a shooting the same day. Police are still yet to make any arrests in connection with the murder.