Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sephardi victim of mass shooting buried

One of the first funerals to take place after the mass shooting on 14 February 2018 of 17 children at a Florida high school was that of Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, one of five Jews murdered.  (According to Wikipedia, Alhadeff is a Sephardi name borne mainly by Jews from the island of Rhodes. )The New York Post reports:

Alyssa was born in Queens but also lived in Woodcliff Lake in Bergen County, NJ, with her family from 2010 to 2014 before moving to Florida, according to
“I would have protected you,” the mother told the tearful crowd, some clutching white roses, as she added, “Alyssa had a zest for life.” “When Alyssa wanted something, she found a way to get it. Nothing would stop her,” the mom said, describing a typical conversation with her daughter that went something like: “Why Mom? Why? Why can’t I go to the mall? OK, Alyssa — you can go.” A day earlier, Alhadeff made a gut-wrenching plea to President Trump on live TV, begging him to “do something” about the country’s rampant gun violence. (...)

Alyssa, a freshman honors student and soccer player at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who volunteered at a homeless shelter, had her life cut short Wednesday during the senseless shooting rampage by a maniacal expelled former student.

 The young girl’s father, Dr. Ilan Alhadeff, also spoke during the Jewish service, which was so packed that roughly 100 mourners spilled out onto the sidewalk outside the funeral home. He described his daughter as “such an amazing person” as he vowed to fight to help prevent more deaths by gun violence.

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