Thousands attend funeral of murdered J’lem couple

Nurit and Noah Maoz laid to rest at Shamgar cemetery in Jerusalem; no arrests made in connection with murders.

Maoz Funeral 311 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Maoz Funeral 311
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Jerusalem residents Nurit and Noah Maoz, who were brutally stabbed to death in their apartment in Ramot late on Saturday night, were laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon in the Shamgar cemetery in Jerusalem. Thousands of people attended the funeral, which was closed to the media at the family’s request.
The funeral was delayed for nearly 60 hours after the couple’s bodies were discovered, in order for the forensics department to finish their investigations and for two of their children to arrive from out of the country.
Police and forensics experts combed the couple’s apartment inside and out in order to find any shreds of evidence that could lead police to the murderers.
As of Tuesday, there were no arrests made in connection with the murders.
Police believe the attack was criminal, but all of the details of the incident are still under a media gag order, and police will not say if they have leads to any suspects.
Theories abound as to whether the victims knew their murderers beforehand, or whether it was a random burglary that went terribly wrong. Police refused to release any information at the risk of compromising the investigation.
Noah, 64, and Nurit, 60, were discovered by their son, Nir, who went over to his parents’ house with a neighbor and discovered the bodies covered in stab wounds on Sunday morning.
Paramedics who responded to the incident described a living room that was covered in blood.
Tamar Maoz-Pullman, the former captain of the women’s national basketball team, was in Romania for the European championships when she received the news of her parents’ murder. She returned to Israel on Monday.
The Maozes are survived by two additional sons, Guy, a physician in New York, and Daniel, Nir’s twin, a software engineer.