Vigil held for murdered Israeli teens at Suffolk Jewish Community Center in Commack
COMMACK - Long Island residents held a vigil in Commack to remember the three Israeli teens found murdered in the West Bank.
About 200 people gathered outside the Suffolk Jewish Community Center in memory of the teenagers.
Gilad Shaar, 16; Naftali Fraenkel, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were on their way home from school when they were kidnapped almost three weeks ago near Jerusalem. They were found Monday shot to death in the West Bank.
The boys were buried Tuesday after a joint funeral.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his goal is to find the killers of the three teens. "We will not rest until we reach the last of them," he says.
The Israeli military is hitting Hamas hard in response to the murders. The Israeli Air Force launched more than 40 air strikes on dozens of suspected Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.
Organizers of the Commack memorial service hope the show of solidarity sends a message of unity, strength and peace to the boys' grieving families and the people of Israel.
One of the teens, Naftali Fraenkel, was a dual Israeli and U.S. citizen with ties to Brooklyn.