The family of an Israeli man shot dead in Baltimore earlier this week claimed Wednesday that he did not die in a botched robbery, but was rather deliberately targeted as a Jew in a deadly act of antisemitism.
Efraim Gordon, 31, was visiting the United States for a cousin’s wedding when he was shot and killed at the entrance to a relative’s home on Sunday.
His sister, Ella Gordon, called a press conference on Wednesday, during which she stressed that details of the case point to it not being a random crime. She claimed her brother was killed by “terrorists.”
“This was an act of terror, my brother didn’t just die,” Gordon said. “There were no signs of violence, and they didn’t take money.”
“It was not a robbery that went wrong, but murder due to antisemitism,” Gordon said, noting that her brother was wearing a kippa and had a beard, outward signs that he was Jewish.
“They didn’t take money, just shot him in the stomach and ran off,” she said.
Gordon said her brother, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Na’ale, had gone out for the evening and returned to the home where he was staying at around midnight. She said that family members had tried to convince him to hide signs that he was Jewish, including not wearing his kippa but he refused, saying it was part of his identity.
“Not far from the home three terrorists ambushed him,” she said.
According to Gordon, neighbors said they heard the assailants shouting hate remarks during the incident.
“They murdered my bother. To come and say it was a robbery that went awry is not logical,” she said. “They didn’t take anything, they left the bag, wallet, earphones, watch, the passport, it was all left behind. This was simply a murder because he was Jewish.”
Gordon said the family was not being updated on the investigation and pleaded for state officials to provide some information.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has said investigators believe the shooting “was an attempted robbery that turned fatal,” FOX45 News reported.
Local councilman Yitzy Schleifer said that the suspects were seen on CCTV footage walking around the neighborhood before approaching Gordon shortly after he parked his vehicle.