Suspected Link Between Two Murders in North

Police suspect the deaths of two Former Soviet Union immigrants might be connected.

Kochava Rozenbaum ,

Murder victim (illustration)
Murder victim (illustration)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Police are investigating the second homicide in as many days in Israel's northern most city Kiryat Shmona. The bodies of a 32-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were found only 200 meters apart from each other.

Medics and paramedics of the Magen David Adom emergency service administered medical treatment after finding the 32-year-old with signs of a violent attack on his body on Friday morning on Sprintzak Street. Soon after the man was declared dead at the scene. 

A recent crime wave has hit the Upper Galilee city of Kiryat Shmona with a gag order being placed on the investigations into the two cases, as police said it was possible that the murders were related.

On Saturday, a family walking near the municipal stadium was horrified when their young son came across the body of Anatoly Ziskin. Ziskin, 25, was a father to a four-year-old girl and had no prior criminal record. Family members said that he had immigrated to Israel only three years ago.

Two Kiryat Shmona residents, Felix Gottlieb and Boris Minkin, both 23, were arrested Sunday morning. Some accounts claim that the two suspects had been seen with both of the murder victims earlier in the week at a local entertainment venue, possibly under the influence of alcohol. 

The Upper Galilee region, which encompasses the northernmost strip of Israel from the Mediterranean coast to the Syrian border, has seen a dramatic rise in murders this year. So far, 13 people have been murdered there since the beginning of 2007, the same number of people murdered the whole of last year.