Mor Cohen, 24, an athlete in Israel’s small but potent lacrosse scene, was killed during the pogrom at the Supernova music festival on October 7.
Cohen, a sabra, “was one of our first lacrosse players, having helped start the team in Tel Aviv and our coexistence program… A remarkable young man, Mor touched the lives of everyone he encountered,” Israel Lacrosse Association said in a statement.
“I remember his smile when he played and I remember all the original group of kids to pick up lacrosse in Israel. Mor was one of the pioneers of Israel Lacrosse. Mor’s life was tragically cut short senselessly by terrorists. Mor was family or ‘Mishpachah.’ Our family is devastated by the loss of Mor, who just wanted to go listen to some music in the desert with his friends. Mor loved lacrosse and when I play again I’ll play for Mor and all those that can’t,” coach David Dennenberg posted on Facebook.
Cohen played in 2016 for Israel’s U-19 national lacrosse team, and represented South Jersey in the 2014 Maccabee Games.
USA Lacrosse and the Premier Lacrosse League have each posted statements of support for Israel. “Our thoughts are with our friends at Israel Lacrosse during these difficult times,” read the USA Lacrosse statement, which mentioned Cohen by name.
Agencies contributed to this report.