Suspect named in Ramle student death

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The suspect in the death of Yiftah Mor-Yosef, the 17-year-old yeshiva student killed by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting in Ramle in August, was named by a court Wednesday as Nir Haziza, 24, from Holon. Mor-Yosef was sitting on a public bench next to 36-year-old underworld figure Einav Cohen - the intended target - and sustained a gunshot wound to the head during the shooting. It was also revealed Wednesday that Cohen, who is recovering at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin from serious gunshot wounds sustained in the shooting, was the one who revealed that Haziza tried to kill him. The suspect's remand was extended by five days Wednesday at a court hearing, during which a pre-indictment affidavit was submitted. Shachar Hatzroni, Haziza's attorney, denied his client was involved in the attack. Rachel Mor-Yosef, the victim's mother, said in an interview with Army Radio on Wednesday that, "the developments in the case don't make things easier on me but rather make it more difficult to deal with the grief." In the August 5 incident, Haziza and an accomplice allegedly arrived at Bar-Ilan Street riding a motorcycle and opened fire at Cohen, who was sitting on a bench. The two then fled the scene. Mor Yosef, who was sitting with friends, was hit in the head, and although doctors at Assaf Harofeh battled to save his life for several hours, he succumbed to his wounds early the following morning.