High school student Shira Banki, 16, has died after succumbing to stab wounds she sustained in an attack on a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday

High school student Shira Banki, 16, has died after succumbing to stab wounds she sustained in an attack on a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday

The BBC has reported that 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was attacked at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem, has died.

According the report Banki was one of six people who were attacked at Thursday’s event. In an interview with The Jerusalem Post “Our Shira was murdered simply because of the fact that she was a happy 16-year-old girl, full of life and love, who came to support her friends and everyone else’s right to live as they please,” the family of Shira Banki said.

The suspect in Shira's death, ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Shlissel, pictured brandishing a knife at the event.

The suspect in Shira’s death, ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Shlissel, pictured brandishing a knife at the event.

Banki suffered severe bleeding from several wounds inflicted. Dr. Ofer Merin, the head of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center trauma unit, told The Jerusalem Post that they surgical team who treated the 16-year-old did not know how long her brain had been without oxygen. “In the trauma room and the surgical theater, we managed to restore and stabilize her blood pressure and stop the bleeding,” he said.

The Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also extended his condolences to Banki’s family. “We strongly condemn the attempt to instill hatred and violence in our midst and we will deal with the murderer to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

Shlissel is brought handcuffed to the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Shlissel is brought handcuffed to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The BBC report confirmed that several hours after Banki’s death a group of people gathered for a vigil near to the area where she was stabbed. It has been reported that Yishai Schlissel stabbed six people at the march before being overcome and wrestled to the ground by bystanders. The Jerusalem Post noted that this act of violence wasn’t Schlissel’s first and that he had previously stabbed several people at a similar event in the capital. Schlissel “was sentenced to 12 years in prison for that attack, served 10 years, and was released three weeks ago,” according the this report.

As 16 year old Shira Banki was layed to rest at Kibbutz Nachshon thousands of people gathered to pay their final respects. Banki’s parents spoke movingly of their daughter. “Shir, an intelligent, beautiful, intelligent, gentle, curious, musical girl… Even adolescence had passed over her with grace, and she blossomed like a beautiful flower,” they shared. “All of her innocence, beauty, happiness and goodness fell on the altar of hatred, malice, cruelty and ignorance,” they said. “We are left with pain, longing and shock that every parent would rather die than feel.

“We have no issue with people wearing kippas or with beards,” they continued. “We know that many prayers were said in sincerity and emotion for the recovery of our daughter — both in public and behind closed doors. Our dispute is with hatred and the sanctifying of your objective at the expense of the pain of another person.

Mourners use lit candles to spell out the phrase, 'Thou shalt not kill' in Hebrew, during a the vigil for Shira in Tel Aviv.

Mourners use lit candles to spell out the phrase, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ in Hebrew, during a the vigil for Shira in Tel Aviv.

Israeli youths weep during a candlelight vigil in Tel Aviv for Shira. Dozens turned out to mourn her loss.

Israeli youths weep during a candlelight vigil in Tel Aviv for Shira. Dozens turned out to mourn her loss.

Mourners at the Tel Aviv vigil. A Gay Pride march like the one at which Shira was stabbed is held every year in Tel Aviv but generally passes peacefully as secular Jews hold greater sway in what is the country's entertainment and business hub.

Mourners at the Tel Aviv vigil. A Gay Pride march like the one at which Shira was stabbed is held every year in Tel Aviv but generally passes peacefully as secular Jews hold greater sway in what is the country’s entertainment and business hub.

Teenagers comfort each other during a similar event in Jerusalem where Shira was stabbed.

Teenagers comfort each other during a similar event in Jerusalem where Shira was stabbed.

“Now we will go home and try to rebuild our family — to learn how to be five instead of six. We will try to hate less and love more; that’s what we can offer you.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during anti-homophobia rally in Jerusalem. He told the crowd: 'We must not be deluded, a lack of tolerance will lead us to disaster'.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during anti-homophobia rally in Jerusalem. He told the crowd: ‘We must not be deluded, a lack of tolerance will lead us to disaster’.

The Huffington Post has confirmed that the Jerusalem’s District Court has indicted Yishai Schlissel on a murder charge along with several attempted murder charges.

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