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Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach were to be laid to rest side by side in Modi'in cemetery on Tuesday evening, a day after the bodies of the three teens were found in the West Bank and 19 days after they vanished while hitchihiking near Hebron.
President Shimon Peres spoke at the funeral saying, "To all those who wish to vanquish us, I want to say that terror is a boomerang. It's targeted against us but hits its instigators. We bow our heads but won't lose our soul. I know that security forces will catch the murderers and they will be brought to justice."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mourned the loss of the three Israeli teens saying, "We were charmed by the magic of their smile, their kindness, their joy of youth. Today became a day of national mourning."
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By Jason Pearlman, at Modiin cemetery.
The crowd, no, the multitude gathered. Silently, steadily they streamed over the hills as the sun set overhead. Solemnly packed together in the early evening heat, wave after wave of psalms and prayers swept through the crowd, as the ambulances arrived.
One, two, then three. Eyal, Gilad, Naftali. Three boys, just children, murdered in cold blood, to be laid to rest in the presence of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of mourners.