Shmuel Rada's gravesite
Shmuel Rada's gravesite Arutz Sheva

Shmuel Rada, father of Tair Rada who was murdered nine years ago at the age of 13, was laid to rest on Friday afternoon in the cemetery in the town of Katzrin in northern Israel.

Rada passed away hours earlier after a lengthy battle with cancer. Just one day before his passing, Rada attended the dedication of a synagogue in his daughter's honor in Katzrin. The synagogue was named "Tair Shevet Achim" (Tair dwells amongst her people), a name that her father came up with two years ago.

Late last month the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of Roman Zadorov in the case of Rada's murder, finding him guilty. However, one of the three judges called to acquit the school contractor, and the case will apparently be further probed.

There are heavy question marks surrounding the murder of the eighth-grader, after her body was found in a bathroom stall in the Nofei Golan school in Katzrin in late 2006.

Suspicions point to the possibility that other students in fact stabbed her to death, based on various evidence from the scene including the hair of another girl found in Rada's hand, and the fact that she had become a social outcast among her peers.

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