Holon murder suspect found dead

Alfonso Azariya believed to have committed suicide by jumping from a construction site in Ramat Gan; murder investigation still ongoing.

Ari Soffer ,

Murder suspect Alfonso Azariya
Murder suspect Alfonso Azariya
Israel Police

The prime suspect in the brutal murder of a 57-year-old man in Holon on Saturday morning has been found dead in Ramat Gan.

Police yesterday issued an urgent call for help from the public in tracking down 63-year-old Holon resident Alfonso Azariya, who has a history of mental illness and is believed to have carried out the murder in his hometown Saturday.

The victim was found with a knife in his back, and the murderer fled the scene immediately, sparking a nationwide manhunt.

Early Sunday morning police received reports that a construction worker had fallen from a building site in Ramat Gan. However, when they responded to the call they found the body of Azariya, who is believed to have committed suicide.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate Azariya, but were forced to confirm his death shortly after arriving at the scene.

It is not yet known what motivated the killing; a police investigation is still ongoing.