NEW YORK(CBSNewYork/AP) — Funeral services were held on Sunday for the seven brothers and sisters who were killed in a tragic Brooklyn house fire.
The bodies of the children, ages 5 to 16, were flown to Israel for a prompt burial after Sunday’s service at Shomrei Hadas Chapel.
A procession followed the funeral to JFK Airport, where the children were placed on an El Al flight to Tel Aviv.
Mourners stood outside as speakers amplified the anguished words of Gabriel Sassoon talking about the seven children he has lost, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
“There’s only one way to survive this: it’s complete and total, utter surrender,” the grieving father said.
As mourners cried in the streets, Sassoon eulogized his children.
“My children were unbelievable. They were the best,” he said. “They were so pure.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind said he was blown away by the father’s message, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.