Israeli Forces Capture Terrorist Who Murdered Esther Horgan, Mother of 6

By Aryeh Savir/TPS • 24 December, 2020

Israel’s combined security forces on Thursday were successful in tracking down and arresting the terrorist suspected of murdering Esther Horgan Sunday, the Shin Bet stated.

The suspect, who was arrested by the police’s Elite Yamam counterterrorism unit, is an Arab from the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin, the Shin Bet said.

All other details of the investigation were placed under a gag order.

Esther Horgan, a mother of six, was murdered Sunday night in a terrorist attack in the Reihan Forest where she went for a run.

Horgan, 52 and a resident of Tal Menashe in northern Samaria, was an artist and a marriage counselor.

She was the mother of two daughters and four sons. The youngest of them is 13 years old and celebrated his bar mitzvah only three months ago.

Horgan set out around 13:00 Sunday for a run in the Reihan Forest near her community.

In the evening, after failing to contact her, her husband Benjamin called the security forces. The search teams, including the Samaria Rescue Unit, volunteers from nearby communities, army and police search teams set out to search for her. Around 1 a.m., she was found by one of the search units, lifeless, with her skull smashed.

Horgan is the third Israeli to be murdered in 2020.

Rabbi Shai Ohayon, a father of four, was stabbed to death by a terrorist in August.

IDF soldier Amit Ben Yigal was killed in action in May.

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