Nahman Ataya, murdered by a neighbor in the northern town of Migdal on Saturday was laid to rest at 4 p.m. Sunday in the town’s cemetery, accompanied by hundreds of mourners.
Nahman, 11, was killed in a quadruple homicide in which his brother, Natan, 10, was injured and a mother and her two children were killed, allegedly by their husband and father. Nahman and Natan were invited for a Shabbat meal, and the rampage began once the meal finished.
“Nahman was my righteous child who merited to finish [learning] the book of ‘Psalms,'” his mother Orah said earlier in the day. “He started [learning] ‘Song of Songs,’ with me but didn’t finish. He will have to do that in heaven with the angels. He was a good boy who will remain righteous forever. He didn’t sin and he will never sin,” she said.
Referring to her son who survived the attack by pretending to be dead and then escaping out a window, she said, “Natan doesn’t understand what happened there or why. God does everything for the best.”
Natan was released from hospital Sunday.
Orah Ataya told parents to value their children and appreciate every moment with them.
“Love and value your children. I never imagined this would happen to us,” she said. “We must understand that we come to the world for a short time. We know that our son is now in good hands, and that God is hugging him and caring for him.”
Ravit Crasanti, mother of the slain woman Dor Crasanti-Sela grandmother to the two other boys who were killed, said she was sure that her son-in-law premeditated the murder. “He waited for us to leave the house and then committed the slaughter,” she said.
She asked for people to attend the funeral “and see what treasures they took from us.” The funerals of Crasanti-Sela (23) and her sons Yosef, 22 months, and Binyamin, 8 months, will take place Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
The family of the alleged murderer gave a statement which said, “We are shocked and pained by the immense tragedy that happened. We lost our daughter-in-law, grandsons, and the neighbor’s boy, who are more dear to us than anything. We have no way of atoning for this heinous act. We all share the heartbreak with everyone. We ask forgiveness.”
The family of the husband decided against attending the funerals.
Police say an investigation is ongoing and have reportedly yet to determine a motive for the shocking killing spree. The man, arrested in a nearby forest on Saturday, confessed to the killings, police said.
His name is being kept under gag order.
At a court hearing the father asked that “God forgive me,” as a judge ordered him kept in custody for at least 12 days, according to the Ynet news site. He was also sent for a psychological examination.
Tamar Pileggi contributed to this report.