Watch: Bereaved Father in Moving Letter to His Son: “You Have Inspired Me”
On Sunday (Sept. 17) the family and friends of Ezra Schwartz, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel 2 years ago, gathered to commemorate his memory by completing a Rim Run course. Team Ezra have competed a course of 33 km from the North Rim of Grand Canyon to the bottom and back up to the South rim (20.6 miles in total). The event was also dedicated to OneFamily, an Israeli NGO which helps victims of terror. Thirteen thousand USD were raised to help bereaved families in Israel.
Ezra Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, Massachusetts was one of three people killed when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire with a submachine gun at cars stuck in a traffic jam at the Alon Shvut junction, just south of Jerusalem. Ezra was a US citizen and a student in Beit Shemesh. Ezra came to Israel as part of a nine-month volunteer program. The group of volunteers had traveled to the area in order to help clean up the Oz Ve’Gaon park, named after the three boys who were kidnapped and killed a year earlier, in a terror attack after which Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
After the run was completed, Ari, Ezra’s father read a letter he wrote to Ezra on the occasion of Ezra’s 20th birthday this year, a birthday he never lived to celebrate.