Ezra Schwartz, 18-Year-Old Massachusetts Native, Killed in Terror Attack in Israel

Ezra Schwartz, a teenager from Sharon, Massachusetts, was identified as the American killed in a terror attack near Alon Shvut in the West Bank on Thursday, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

Schwartz, 18, was one of three people killed Thursday near the settlement of Alon Shvut. He reportedly was studying for a year at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh.

He was a recent graduate of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and had been a counselor at Camp Yavneh, a Jewish summer camp in Northwood, New Hampshire.

Schwartz is the second of five children, a family friend in Sharon told JTA. One of Schwartz’s favorite pastimes was skiing.

Schwartz was killed when a Palestinian armed with an Uzi submachine gun opened fire on cars stuck in a traffic jam. Schwartz had been delivering food to soldiers at the time of the attack. Two men, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, were also fatally shot, while five other American students were injured.

In total, five people were killed in two terror attacks on Thursday. In addition to the shooting, two Israelis were killed in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv. “We condemn these terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in the strongest possible terms,” said State Department spokesman Edward Vasquez.

Friends are leaving tributes to Schwartz on his Facebook page.

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