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Murdered teenager commemorated by baseball game in Israel

Thursday, December 31 2015 by SNTV
  • The three brothers of Ezra Schwartz, a US teenager killed in an attack in Israel last month threw the first pitches at a baseball game held in his memory on Tuesday (29th December).

    Ezra Schwartz was an American Jewish teenager studying in Israel for his year.

    Yet one day his life was cut short when he was killed by a group of Palestinians who intentionally rammed their vehicle into a group of pedestrians on the West Bank.

    On Tuesday his three younger brothers threw a pitch in his honour at a ground east of Tel Aviv, while his father expressed his love for Ezra.

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Ari Schwartz, father of Ezra:

    "I wanted just to talk about Ezra and baseball a little bit, it is hard for me to talk about Ezra and baseball because we... I loved watching him so much play."

    His mother detailed her late son's love for baseball....

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Ruth Schwartz, mother of Ezra:

    "Tonight we are here, because just the day before he was killed, he wrote a letter to Nate Fish, of the Israeli Baseball League and asked if he could join the league this spring and soon as the baseball league figured out that he was the same Ezra that was killed in the attack they decided to honour him with a dedication of a field in Ranana, and it turns out that there was an all star game tonight."

    Ezra Schwartz lost his life while performing volunteer projects, providing food to Israeli soldiers near Efrat, south of Jerusalem.

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