(JTA contributed to this report) — A former Connecticut resident who made aliyah more than 30 years ago died Tuesday morning, Oct. 27 as a result of wounds sustained in a terror attack on a Jerusalem bus two weeks ago.
Richard Lakin died at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where he remained unconscious since he was shot and stabbed in the Oct. 13 attack on a bus in the East Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem, also known as Armon HaNatziv.
Two other people were killed in the attack and more than 10 wounded, including Lakin. One of the assailants was killed and the other wounded during the attack.
Prior to moving to Israel with his wife and two sons, Lakin, 76, had served as principal of the Hopewell School from 1969 to 1984. In Israel, he ran a business with his wife teaching English and was author of the book Teaching as an Act of Love.
According to the Hartford Courant, upon hearing of the attack, Anne Alvord, who worked with Lakin as a teacher at Hopewell School, recalled him as “naturally respectful and gentle and effective. …He was a very peaceful man in the way he worked with his teachers and students. That was his magic, really.”
His children announced his death on his Facebook page.
“After the attack Dad was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem where the incredible medical staff worked diligently around the clock for two weeks trying to save his life, but, alas, his injuries were too severe. Dad was unconscious and anesthetized during the entire two weeks, so he felt no pain. This morning, with his family around him he faded gently into a permanent sleep and we kissed him goodbye,” they wrote. “We love you Dad and will do our best to live respectful, loving lives and pass along ‘acts of kindness.’”
As the Ledger went to press, the funeral was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Lakin was the second person to die in recent weeks as a result of a terror attack.
On Saturday night, Oct. 24, thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of Haim Yechiel Rothman, an Israeli rabbi injured on Nov. 18, 2014 in a terror attack on a synagogue in the Har Nof section of Jerusalem. His death brought the number killed in the attack by two Palestinian terrorists to six.
Known as “Howie,” Rothman, 55, was a Toronto native and father of 10 who emigrated to Israel 30 years ago. He never regained consciousness after the attack, during which he fought the terrorists to prevent them from harming fellow worshippers. The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto raised more than $100,000 to assist the family, which it presented to relatives in January. His wife, Risa, spent every day at his bedside.
The assailants attacked worshippers with a gun, axes and knives. They were killed in the shootout.