Barnoar Shooting Suspect Hagai Felician Indicted on Two Counts of Murder

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Hagai Felician, 23, of Bnei Brak, was indicted Monday on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2009 Barnoar shooting attack.

According to the indictment, Felician acted out of revenge and hostility at Barnoar, a youth center where the LGBT community holds activities for teenagers.

The indictment states that Felician arrived at Barnoar at roughly 10:30 P.M. on August 1, 2009 armed with a handgun, wearing dark clothing and a face mask. He entered the main room of the club and fired at those who were there with intent to murder them. Afterward, he entered smaller rooms at the club and fired on additional victims with intent to murder them. He only left when his ammunition ran out.

“The defendant, motivated by feelings of revenge and anger, murdered and attempted to murder innocent teenagers whom he did not know and about whom he knew nothing, merely because of their presence at the Barnoar club,” read the request for remand until end of trial that the Tel Aviv district attorney’s Office submitted to the court. “This criminal and abominable act resulted in the deaths of two young people and, in addition, to terrible damage to both the bodies and minds of everyone who was in the Barnoar club on the night of the murder.”

In the request for remand, the district attorney’s office provides details of the evidence in its possession, including the agreement with a state’s witness, a friend of Felician who incriminated him under questioning by police. As part of the cooperation between the witness and the police, he met with Felician and spoke with him about the murder, recording the conversation without Felician’s knowledge.

Hagai Felician, a top suspect in the 2009 shooting spree at the Barnoar gay youth club, in court, July 8, 2013. Credit: Moti Milrod

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