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Residents of the south Tel Aviv Hatikva neighborhood are reeling from the brutal murder of an 89-year-old man in his home by armed robbers on Friday morning.
Mishel Abramov had returned home from prayers at a local synagogue when two masked men forced him into his home at gunpoint. Inside, the men attempted to rob Abramov and his wife, while their caretaker looked on in fear.
One of the men shot Abramov in the stomach. Police suspect the shot was fired after Abramov resisted the robbers, possibly trying to summon help.
Magen David Adom paramedics were called shortly after 7 a.m., and took Abramov to Ichilov Hospital at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, where he died.
“We’re simply scared to walk around here,” a neighbor told Ma’ariv
on Friday. “If you walk around with a necklace there will be someone to snatch it off you immediately.”
A court-ordered media ban on all details of the homicide investigation was obtained by police on Friday afternoon.
Police believe Abramov was targeted by a gang that has systematically
robbed seniors in recent months. He owned a number of apartments in the
building where he lived.
The robbers apparently hoped that Abramov held large amounts of cash from rents he collected.
Tel Aviv police head Cmdr. Shahar Ayalon and other senior officers were
at the scene of the crime, while forensic officers gathered evidence to
take to police labs for analysis.