SAD STORY!! 29-year-old Taylor Force, of Lubbock, Texas, was attacked along a boardwalk near a beach in the Jaffa area popular with tourists. Up to 12 others were wounded, with four reported to be in a serious condition, according to ambulance service officials. Force, a student at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, was in Israel on a school trip with several other students and staff at the time of the attack. Click continue to read more (Graphic Pictures)
In a statement, Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos confirmed Force had been fatally wounded, but added that all other students and staff on the trip are safe.
The 29-year-old, pictured with his sister Kristen, was a student at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management
‘Taylor embarked on this trip to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel,’ Zeppos said. ‘He exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community.
‘This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world.
‘Taylor’s family and his friends and colleagues have our deepest sympathy and utmost support.’
The attacker has been identified by security services as Bashar Masalha, 22, from the West Bank settlement of Qalqilyah.
Police say Masalha stabbed several people close to the marina in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, before running towards the Manta Ray restaurant on the seaside promenade, stabbing more victims.