Vigil held for murdered Israeli teens at Suffolk Jewish Community Center in 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

About 200 people gathered outside the Suffolk Jewish

About 200 people gathered outside the Suffolk Jewish Community Center in memory of the teenagers. (Credit: News 12)

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.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Two West Babylon families whose Arnold Avenue house 1 Community response awes families displaced by fire
Holtsville man shot by police faces charges after 2 Holtsville man shot by police faces charges after chase
On Long Island, Hempstead Village held its 24th 3 LIers join the nation in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
About 35,000 seniors in Nassau County have lost 4 About 35,000 Nassau seniors lose abatement tax exemption
A Mastic woman is accused of driving while 5 Police: Woman dies after driver high on heroin hits Shirley gas station

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Israeli soldiers patrol a street in the West Violence ramps up in West Bank amid death of teens

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames Hamas for the murders and has vowed revenge.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE