Sergeant Ron Yitzhak Kukia, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier who was murdered on Thursday evening, Nov. 30 in a stabbing attack in Arad, was laid to rest on Sunday in the military section of the Kiryat Shaul cemetery, at a funeral attended by hundreds of family and friends.
Minister of Science Ophir Akunis eulogized the fallen soldier on behalf of the Israeli government. “How heroes have fallen,” he said, quoting from David’s eulogy for King Saul. “The people of Israel bow their heads over the despicable murder. Security forces are doing everything they can to capture the murderers, and they will be caught and pay a heavy price.”
Ron’s mother said, “My magical boy, prince and king, slim and impressive and captivating, you always wanted a hug, and always got one. Go, my son, on your way, angels will receive you with a carpet of flowers.”
The Shin Bet and the Israel Police engaged in an exhaustive manhunt to find the terrorist, who escaped after murdering Kukia and stealing his weapon. As the Ledger went to press, the perpetrator still had not been found.