New Jersey teenagers, identified as one in six Americans and four in the New York metro area, died from a stampede at a religious festival in Israel last week.
Donny Morris, 19, was in Israel studying when he caught the eye of the crowd during the annual Dragbaomers festival at the foot of Mount Meron late Thursday and was one of 45 people at Know that died in the tragedy Reported on sunday
Three other residents of the area, Menachem Knoblowitz of Borough Park, Yosef Amram of Monsey and Eliezer Josef of Kiryas Joel, were identified as victims of The terrible “human avalanche”
“There are four families in the New York area that we contacted with, and the New York consulate is helping them,”; Israeli State Department spokesman Lior Haiat told the outlet.
“There are two more families from Canada and one from Argentina, and we are in touch with their families,” Haiat said.
Officials said they were still working to determine if other Americans were killed.
In addition to the dead, more than 100 people were injured on Friday during the festival, which drew tens of thousands of people, mostly Orthodox Jews, to the pits. Burial of Rabbi Shimon Bajochai, an ancient Jewish mystic.
Israel’s health ministry said 32 people were killed as of late Friday. But said the Jewish Sabbath stopped the process until early Sunday, NBC said.
Commissioner Shimon Lavi, the police officer in charge of the security arrangements for this year’s festival, said on Friday he “Total responsibility” for the tragedy
According to reports, police briefly blocked the stairs at the bottom of the corridor, where festival attendees were trying to escape.
The panic arose after the grandstand at the foot of Mount Meron collapsed, prompting hundreds of people to flee to safety – only many were trampled on.
On Saturday, dozens of Israelis, angered by the tragedy, organized “Quiet Anger” vigilant outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home.