Nine Held After Youth Stabbed to Death in Be'er Sheva

14-year-old Yisrael Elazar killed Friday night, reportedly after argument over cigarette

A 14-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Be'er Sheva on Friday night, apparently following an argument over a cigarette.

Eight minors and an adult were arrested in connection with the murder, and one of the suspects, a 16-year-old, admitted to police that he stabbed the boy, Yisrael Elazar of Kiryat Arba.

Murder in Be'er Sheva, Archive, Eli Hershkowitz
Archive, Eli Hershkowitz

Elazar was visiting a friend in the city. Police said he reportedly passed a group of teenage boys and asked them for a cigarette. When they refused, he cursed at them, and the boys allegedly chased him and stabbed him.

Passersby found the youth lying in a parking lot near the Ya'alim Immigrant Absorption Center, with multiple stab wounds to the chest, and called police and an ambulance crew. He was taken in critical condition to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, where he died.

Police arrested nine people suspected of involvement in the murder. One of the suspects admitted to stabbing Elazar, and re-enacted the attack for police. The suspect said he and his friends started chasing Elazar to teach him a lesson, and that Elazar had been drunk.

"According to the testimony of a friend who was with the victim, the victim had been drinking a little wine," said Be'er Sheva Chief Superintendent Yossi Cohen.

Cohen said five boys jumped Elazar, and one pulled a knife and stabbed him.

The boy who admitted to the stabbing is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Be'er Sheva, along with five of his friends who allegedly took part in the brawl.