Police at Bat Yam shooting scene.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Police from the Lod subdistrict and the YAMAR investigative unit are looking for
suspects in the murder of a Kfar Truman resident found beaten to death in his
trailer home inside the village early Monday morning.
A senior official
with the Central District Police said on Monday that the victim, 46- year-old
Shimon Tirush, was well known to police, with a criminal record tied to his
involvement in illegal gambling rings.
Tirush had returned to his home on
Sunday night with his girlfriend when he was ambushed by two masked men who were
waiting inside his caravan. The two men beat him unconscious and then fled the
scene, at which point his girlfriend called the police.
commander Doron Turgeman told reporters at the scene of the murder that officers
received a call of a robbery at Kfar Truman at about 1:30 a.m., and that when
they arrived they found the victim lying in the entry way of his home. Turgeman
added that paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive him before ruling him
A senior Central District official said that police ruled out a
botched robbery very early on, due to Tirush’s background and the location of
Tirush was killed inside his caravan, located in an open
area on the edge of the village. The run-down trailer park included a number of
security cameras positioned around the perimeter, “each of which was worth more
than the trailer,” the police official joked. He added that Tirush appeared to
be someone who was hiding out and knew that people were coming after him,
probably because of an outstanding debt.
Kfar Truman is a small moshav
located in the Shfela area only 3 km. from Ben-Gurion Airport. Israeli mob
kingpin Meir Abergil owns a house in the moshav and has lived there in the past.
Central District Police dismissed a connection between Abergil and the murder on