Two little girls, classmates and friends, taken in the prime of their lives. That was how friends and loved ones recalled Koral Sheri and Or Koren who were found dead in a pool at a Savyon house on Tuesday afternoon.
Ahead of his daughter's funeral on Thursday, Ilan Sheri described his daughter as a lover of nature and green spaces, who always clamored to work in a community garden in Yehud that she helped create. Sheri said on Thursday that the mayor and other officials from Yehud said they had decided to make the garden a memorial park for Koral.
"If you want to know who Koral was, look at this place", Ilan told reporters, pointing at the vegetables growing behind him at the garden.
On Wednesday the girl's bodies were taken to the Abu Kabir Forensic Insitute to determine the cause of death. At the moment speculation has focused on two main possibilities, that they were electrocuted - possibly by a pool-cleaning robot or by faulty wiring in the pools lighting system, or that they were killed by some sort of contaminant in the water. Tel Aviv police said Thursday afternoon that the autopsies were not yet able to prove conclusively the cause of death and that it could be days at least until they know what killed Koral and Or.
The two girls studied together at the "Herzl" school in Yehud. On Thursday the school held an assembly with classmates of the girls, where teachers and social workers talked to them about the tragedy. According to one report in the Israeli press, many of the classmates first heard the news on WhatsApp, with news of Koral and Or's deaths circulating on the texting system throughout Shavuot eve.
On Thursday morning, the company "Maytronics", which makes an automated pool cleaner, posted a statement on the website of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange attempting to distance themselves from any connection to the tragedy. They described how in articles about the incident they saw pictures of their pool-cleaning robot, and that they are having difficulty understanding "any connection between the product to the deaths, partly due to the fact that it operates on 24 volts of power."