Hundreds of mourners gathers Thursday in Yehud ahead of the funeral procession for slain Border Police officer Hadar Cohen, who was killed in a terror attack the day before at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate.
The 19-year-old was to be buried in the central Israeli city’s military cemetery.
Among those paying their last respects to Cohen were her fellow Border Police colleagues, who were seen in tears congregating and hugging.
Cohen’s partner, Ravit Mirilashvili, who was wounded at the scene Wednesday left the Jerusalem hospital that had been treating her in order to arrive with her family for the funeral.
Cohen’s father Ofer recited the Kaddish prayer for his daughter, before eulogizing her: “My beloved Hadar, my dear daughter…who was more beloved to me than anything. How am I supposed to separate from you now, how?”
With grief in his voice, he continued, “everyone says you were a hero, a true hero, that you saved lots of people with your body and soul. But no one truly knows you my Hadar, your warmth. I have three words (in Hebrew – ed.) to tell you: I’m proud of you. I’m proud of you and salute you. Rest in peace, may your soul be entwined in life.”
Three Arab terrorists wielding machine guns, pipe bombs and knives perpetrated the attack on Wednesday. All three terrorists were eliminated at the scene.
Cohen died of her wounds sustained in the attack shortly after being rushed to Hadassah-University Medical Center at Mount Scopus.