(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
Police arrested eight suspects for the murder of a father-of-two in Beerseheba
over the weekend who was stabbed merely because he asked a gang of youths to
keep the noise down.
The suspects include seven males and one female who
is under the age 18. Some are suspected of being directly involved the killing
while others are suspected of aiding the murder suspects.
came following an intensive investigation by the elite central unit of the Negev
Since the homicide early on Saturday, police
conducted house-to-house searches and attempted to gain intelligence on the
identity of the attackers involved in the killing of Gadi Vichman, but no
suspects have yet been arrested.
There has been growing outrage over the
police's failure to prevent the murder, after it emerged that members of the
public, including the murdered man's wife, Michal, called police to complain
about youths smashing bottles two hours before the killing.
A patrol car
dispatched to the street in response to the calls "didn't find a thing," police
said, and left the area to attend to another incident. Two hours later, Vichman
left his apartment to speak to the youths, before being headbutted and stabbed
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharnovitch announced on
Sunday that police will "investigate [its] conduct in this incident, and learn
all of the lessons, as the investigation continues." He vowed that the
"murderers will be arrested." But the scope of the investigation remained
unclear. While Aharonovitch said that the investigation would be overseen by
police commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino, senior police sources told The
they were unaware of any major internal inquiry.
of mourners took part in Vichman's funeral Sunday evening, including his widow,
"I keep thinking maybe he's clinically dead and he'll recover.
But he won't," she told Israel Radio before the funeral.
public security minister called Michal Vichman and expressed his "deep sorrow
and condolences over the terrible loss," adding, "I'm shocked and horrified by
the painful murders that occurred in recent days."
Aharonovitch condemned "the
intolerable ease with which these criminals take lives," and said that "this
cannot continue." A municipal pilot program that is currently in place in 13
Israeli cities, and which involves the training of municipal inspectors and
granting them police powers, will be expanded to every city, and CCTV cameras
will continue to go up in urban centers and crime hot spots, the minister added.