B’nai B’rith International mourns the loss of American-Israeli Richard Lakin, who subsequently succumbed to his wounds and died two weeks after being shot in the head and stabbed by Palestinian terrorists on a bus in Jerusalem. Lakin underwent numerous surgeries after the attack in an attempt to save his life.
Lakin, the uncle of B’nai B’rith young leader Josh Lakin, whose mother, Debbie serves on the B’nai B’rith Board of Governors, was a 76-year-old grandfather of eight.
The Oct. 13 attack, carried out with guns and knives, has now claimed three lives. Several victims are still hospitalized.
Lakin was a teacher, a principal and a community activist, who made aliyah more than three decades ago.
His caring nature was well on display on his website, where he wrote that he was the “recipient of endless joy from my children and grandkids, and from the smiles, laughter and sense of wonder of the hundreds of elementary school children I had the good fortune to work with as a teacher and principal.” He also noted on his website “kindness and positivism are contagious,” along with, “parenting and teaching are acts of love.”
Lakin lived an exemplary life of giving back and of kindness. The contrast with the brutal, barbaric way he died could not be more stark.
May his memory be for a blessing.
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