Police Investigate New Evidence About The 2009 LGBT Youth Center Shooting In Tel Aviv

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Israeli police may have found a clue in the currently unsolved Tel Aviv LGBTQ Youth Club shooting from 2009.

According to the Times of Israel, a former criminal gave information to Tel Aviv police about the identity and motive of the killer in the 2009 case. The criminal wanted to give over the information for money and benefits with the police, according to an Army Radio report.

The report does not state if the police accepted the offer, but they are looking into the claim.

On August 1, 2009, a masked person dressed in black entered the Bar Noar center. The shooter then murdered two people, 16-year-old Liz Trobishi and 26-year-old Nir Katz. Ten other people, mostly minors, were injured in the shooting. Two of those who were injured are now permanently disabled.

Unfortunately, the attacker was never found.

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That said, a man named Hagai Felician was charged for the attack in June of 2013. He was suspected based off witness testimony from Tarlan Hankishayev.

Later on, the police dropped charges after Hankishayev’s testimony was found to be false. Felician was then given NIS 2.2 million (about $580,000) in damages. If new evidence arrives to tie Felician to the case, he can’t be tried again.

Meanwhile, Felician’s brother Moti claims that Hankishayev’s false testimony was a strategic one.

“He knows exactly who the murderer is,” Moti Felician said. “He caught an innocent victim and proof of that is that ultimately they didn’t believe him.”

While over 1000 have been questioned about the case, the attacker has yet to be found.

h/t: Times of Israel

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