The father of one of the victims of Friday’s shooting attack in Tel Aviv has paid tribute to his “very special” son, and warned that the ongoing violence is costing the lives of the young generation of Israelis.
Alon Bakal, 26, was one of two people killed when an assailant sprayed automatic gunfire on a busy street in the center of the city shortly before 3 p.m. on Friday. Bakal was the manager of the “Simta” bar, one of the locations hit by the gunman.
“We are losing our good kids,” Bakal’s father said from Ichilov Hospital, Walla reported.
“[Alon] studied law and business management, he was a thriving and happy child. He lit up every place he went, he made everyone laugh,” his father said. “Have no doubt, he was a very special child. He was very special to us. Yesterday he sent me a message: ‘I am having fun, I love to live.’”
Eyewitnesses described how the black-clad gunman fired “salvoes” of indiscriminate gunfire, and how he “appeared in the doorway, smiling, and opened fire.”
The shooting comes amid more than three months of almost daily Arab terror attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. At least 25 Israelis have been murdered , mostly in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks. More than 130 Arabs have been killed by Israeli fire, most while carrying out attacks or attempted terror attacks, and others during violent clashes with security forces.