'What are we supposed to tell the children?'

Mother of man murdered in shooting attack in Barkan: 'I will bury my son at 35. Young children will never see their father again.'

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Iris Hajbi, mother of Ziv Hajbi, who was murdered in the shooting attack in the Barkan industrial zone, called for a death sentence for the terrorist who murdered her son after he was caught.

Ziv, who worked for the Alon company for two years, was supposed to celebrate his 35th birthday this Saturday.

"My son went out to work. He did not go to war. We started to see Barkan in [the news] this morning, so we started to check the phones. I called him and he did not answer my phone calls. I began to panic. All the phones started ringing. They said that there was a slighty wounded person and two others who were critically wounded, and then we understood " Iris told the Israel Television News Company.

The bereaved mother added: "I will bury him at the age of 35. What have I done wrong in my life? He's leaving little children behind, 7-year-old twins, a 4 and a half-year-old boy. What is their mother supposed to tell them? These are children who are connected to their father, small children who are attached to their father."

Yogev Fried, one of the workers at the factory, recalled the moments of terror: "The Palestinian came to a warehouse that was cut off from the offices. The Palestinian workers shouted that something had happened, so we ran to the floor to see what happened."

Fried immediately took out his pistol and began hunting down the terrorist. "I went through a room and an office, and I did not see him," he said. "When I went to the opposite road he came behind me, I saw him running towards the street below, he managed to aim the gun at me, fired one bullet, and I managed to return a bullet towards him in the second millisecond, and then he disappeared from sight."

Initial details found that the shooter, apparently a 23 year old PA resident of the village of Shuweika near Tulkarem who worked at a factory at the park, entered the factory with a rifle and ascended to one of the upper floors. He tied up Hajbi and Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, 28, and shot them at close range. A woman who responded to the gunshots was moderately wounded.

A manhunt is currently underway for the terrorist.

Hajbi's funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 PM in Moshav Nir Israel. Levengrond-Yehezkel will be buried tonight at 10 PM at the Rosh Ha'ayin cemetery.

The parents of both victims have agreed to donate their organs.



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