NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A candlelight vigil was held in Brooklyn Tuesday night, in prayer for the safe the safe return of three teens kidnapped in the West Bank last week.
As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other elected officials were present for the vigil in front of the Jewish Children’s Museum in Crown Heights.
Gilad Shaar, 16; Naftali Frankel, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19, are Jewish seminary students and were kidnapped Thursday while hitchhiking at a West Bank bus stop near the Palestinian city of Hebron. Frankel is an American citizen whose family is originally from Brooklyn, and the other two boys also have ties to the borough, Rincon reported.
The three were on their way home — two to towns in Israel, and the third to a West Bank settlement.
The officials and local religious leaders at the vigil declared a message of unity.
“We don’t want this to happen to any young person in our community – here in Crown Heights, or anywhere around the world,” said City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (D-35th.)