Parents of One Murder Suspect: She Associated With Bad Crowd, Would Come Home Drunk, High

The parents of A., one of the two teenage girls suspected of involvement in the murder of Aryeh Karp on the Tel Baruch beach Friday night, said they had a feeling something bad was going to happen when young men from Jaljulya arrived to pick up their daughter in Kfar Sava.

A., the young men, and another teenage girl are now suspects in Karp's murder.

A.'s parents said their daughter, who graduated high school in Kfar Sava and was drafted into a special program in the army, suffered from personality and behavior problems.

"This past year she started to go around with a group of teens from Jaljulya. She started to come home drunk and drugged, and cared only about having a good time," A.'s parents said.

A few months ago, the parents told the Kfar Sava police about their daughter's behavior. One time, a policeman brought her home after he told her parents he had seen her in the company of suspicious characters.

The Sharon District police confirmed the parents had asked the Kfar Sava police for advice about their daughter, and that a detective had refered them for counseling.

"Young people from poor families often look for an alternative framework and want to connect to 'something else' that will give them new meaning," said Dr. Amir Sheffer, a clinical psychologist and expert on disaffected youth who teaches at the College of Management in Rishon Letzion. "Gangs frequently form with boys and girls from different groups in society," Sheffer also said.

According to Sheffer, "There is a very specific combination in Petah Tikva of girls from Russian-speaking families, who do not have typical family frameworks, for example families where the father is absent and parents who are poor. There are unusual relationships between the Russians and the Arabs. Many youths run away from home; it's close to the [heavily Arab-populated] Triangle and they sometimes find shelter among young Arabs."

The grandfather of some of the Jaljulya suspects said the police knocked on his door at 3 A.M. Saturday morning, asking to see M., who, with his brother, G., has lived in his home since their parents died. "M. wasn't in his room so they asked for G., who had come home from his job as a guard at a building site, after the police asked him to."

A cousin of the brothers was arrested at the same time, although the cousin had not been with them at Tel Baruch. "He was with his fiance and another couple in Jaffa and they came back at about 1:00 A.M. The police woke him up and took him," the cousin's mother said. A friend of the suspects said that after he went out to eat with them in Jaljulya, "they called my brother and asked him to join them. He didn't want to, but he gave them his car to use."

The brother was arrested for questioning on Saturday.

Family and friends said the suspects are ordinary young men and high school graduates. Some worked in construction and were planning to pursue academic studies in the fall. One suspect, a minor, is the son of one of Jaljulya's wealthy families, who was disabled after a car accident some years ago.

A friend said one of the girls suspected of involvement in the attack used to spend a great deal of time with the town's young men; others said the girls had never been to the town.

"I can't imagine that they did this, but let the police investigate well and whoever is to blame should be punished," the suspects' grandfather said.