Ex-employee of family arrested in their murders
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Ex-employee of family arrested in their murders

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The man arrested for the murder of three generations of an Israeli family had been fired from the family’s restaurant more than a year ago.

Damian Kirilik, 38, was arrested last week for the Oct. 17 murder of six members of the Oshrenko family. Kirilik was fired as head waiter of the family’s restaurant in Rishon LeZion.

The victims were Revital, 3, and Netanel, 4 months; their parents, Tatiana, 28, and Dimitry, 32; and grandparents Edward and Ludmilla, both 56. Tatiana and Dimitry were Russian emigres who operated clubs and a restaurant for Russian Israelis.

Their bodies, all bearing stab wounds, were found in their burning apartment.

The investigation has been under a police gag order. Police had questioned employees as well as the relatives and friends of the family. 

Robbery and avenging honor appear to be the motives behind the killing, according to reports.

Kirilik’s wife, who also had worked at the restaurant, was arrested for aiding the alleged murderer, as were other family members.