An Israeli citizen living in the Netherlands was killed in an armed robbery at his apartment last week.
Yuval Felix, 61, was handcuffed, beaten and murdered by the suspects, according to local media reports published on Tuesday. There were no witnesses to the crime in Utrecht, just outside of Amsterdam. His body was found lifeless in the apartment last Thursday.
The Foreign Ministry said it is aware of the incident, is in touch with his family and helping transfer Felix’s body back to Israel for burial.
Local reports cited by the Walla news site said that two suspects were arrested and that police believe after interrogating them that they may be connected to a string of robberies at a restaurant and a local shopping center.
“Everyone here is shocked,” Utrecht Chabad Rabbi Aryeh Heinz told Walla. Heinz was the one who informed Felix’s family of the news after receiving a call from the victim’s friend.
“He was a sensitive person, and I knew him for many years,” Heinz continued. “In recent years he would come to us at the Chabad house and the synagogue and [everyone] loved him very much.”
The rabbi said Felix’s body would be transferred to Israel in the coming days.