Shira Banki was a student at the Hebrew University High School. She was 16 and attended the Jerusalem Pride Parade as an ally of the LGBTQ community, to show support for friends of hers.
She was stabbed to death by a charedi Jew who had attacked the same parade ten years before, and just completed his prison term.
Ms. Banki was a pianist. This video was discovered as people went online to search for more information about her life.
Her parents made this statement:
“Our magical Shira was murdered because she was a happy 16-year-old – full of life and love – who came to express her support for her friends’ rights to live as they choose. For no good reason and because of evil, stupidity and negligence, the life of our beautiful flower was cut short. Bad things happen to good people, and a very bad thing happened to our amazing girl. The family expresses hope for a less hatred and more tolerance.”