At funeral, rabbi urges friends of slain 14-year old to ‘be her voice’
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At funeral, rabbi urges friends of slain 14-year old to ‘be her voice’

‘Honor her legacy with positive actions’ rabbi tells 400 mourners at service for Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the victims of the Florida shooting

A program from the funeral of Alyssa Alhadeff at Star of David chapel in Parkland, Florida, on February 16, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)
A program from the funeral of Alyssa Alhadeff at Star of David chapel in Parkland, Florida, on February 16, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

Mourners packed a Jewish memorial chapel in North Lauderdale, Florida for the funeral Friday of Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 students and staff killed in Wednesday’s school shooting in nearby Parkland.

“Honor her legacy with positive actions and be her voice,” Rabbi Shuey Biston of the Chabad of Parkland told over 400 mourners who came to remember the 14-year old, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Mourners spilled onto the sidewalk of Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel in North Lauderdale. They included fellow classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17-year old gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire on his former classmates.

Mourners remembered Alyssa as an excellent student and athlete who spoke of attending law school.

Alyssa Alhadeff (Oregon Youth Soccer Association/Facebook via JTA)

Her mother, Lori Alhadeff — who in an emotional interview with CNN Thursday begged President Trump to take action to prevent future mass shootings — urged Alyssa’s friends to stay in close touch.

Mourners packed the Star of David chapel, its foyer and stood 15-deep outside.

Those outside stood respectfully, straining to hear voices chanting Jewish prayers and remembering the star soccer player as having “the strongest personality,” and as a creative writer with a memorable smile.

The strongest male voice told mourners: “I ask you to live your life in full for Alyssa. Be strong for Alyssa. Be kind for Alyssa.”

A young girl and a woman embrace as they leave a funeral service for Alyssa Alhadeff at the Star of David Funeral Chapel in North Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Alhadeff was one of the victims of Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Earlier, her distraught mother screamed into CNN’s camera demanding that President Donald Trump take action after the shooting.

“President Trump, you say what can you do?” Lori Alhadeff said. “You can stop the guns from getting into these children’s hands! Put metal detectors at every entrance to the schools. What can you do? You can do a lot! This is not fair to our families and our children go to school and have to get killed!”

“I would have taken a bullet for her myself,” she said at the funeral, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

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