Suspects arrested in killing of Beersheba man who asked for quiet


JERUSALEM (JTA) – At least seven suspects were arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Beersheba man who had asked teenagers in the park next to his home to keep the noise down.

Gadi Vichman, 36, was stabbed at 2 a.m. Saturday after going to the park to talk to a group of teens because his 2-year-old daughter reportedly was having trouble falling asleep due to the noise.

Four of the arrested suspects were thought to have been in the park at the time of the stabbing. The other suspects allegedly aided their friends after the killing.

Vichman’s wife saw the stabbing from their apartment’s porch. She rushed to his side after the teens fled and held him in her arms as he died, according to reports.

Police reportedly responded to a public disturbance call two hours earlier, but a police unit reported that it did not see a disturbance.

Neighbors told the Israeli media that noise and teen violence are not new to the park or the area, and that police rarely respond when called about it.

Hundreds of people attended Vichman’s funeral on Sunday afternoon.


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