Hopewell, NJ (Mercer) – In a devastating turn of events, Lior Abramov, a 20-year-old native of Mercer County, was tragically killed during the terrorist attack on Israel orchestrated by Hamas. This heartbreaking incident has left the community in mourning, as Lior had his entire life ahead of him. The attack, which claimed the lives of numerous innocent victims, including children, the elderly, and entire families, has been condemned for its shocking brutality. Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has called upon residents to join in prayer for Lior’s family and all those still missing.
Lior Abramov, who hailed from Hopewell, had relocated to Israel to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a successful career as a DJ. His dreams were cut short by this senseless act of violence. Governor Phil Murphy expressed his condolences and offered prayers to Lior’s family as they grapple with the unimaginable loss.
The impact of this tragedy reverberated far beyond Mercer County. David Abramov, in a heartfelt Facebook post, shared his anguish over the loss of his beloved son, stating, “My heart aches on the death of our beloved Avramov.” Michal Halev, another grieving parent, expressed the pain of losing her only son, saying, “The world has come to a standstill.”
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, following a meeting with President Biden and the national security team to address the terrorist attacks in Israel, issued a statement condemning Hamas’ actions. Garland described the attacks as the deadliest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and extended his heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims. He also highlighted the Justice Department’s efforts to locate missing Americans, including those believed to be taken hostage, and its offer of assistance to the Israeli government through various divisions within the FBI.
In the wake of these attacks, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin emphasized the ongoing precautions being taken in New Jersey. His office has been in constant communication with the FBI, county prosecutors, law enforcement leaders, as well as community and religious figures. Ensuring the safety of the state’s residents remains their top priority during this time of increased tension. While there are no specific threats to safety in New Jersey at present, law enforcement will continue to patrol sensitive areas, including places of worship for both the Jewish and Islamic faiths, large gathering places, schools, and other educational institutions. Additional measures, both visible and discreet, will also be implemented as a precautionary measure.
Platkin urged New Jersey residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to local authorities promptly. He emphasized that no piece of information is too insignificant and that every report will be taken seriously. The state government remains committed to fostering an environment free from hate, intolerance, and violence. They stand united with the Israeli and Jewish community, grieving the loss of innocent lives and praying for the safety of all civilians enduring the horrors of war.
As the community mourns the loss of Lior Abramov and others affected by this tragic event, the need for solidarity and support has never been greater. The hope for a future free from such devastating acts of violence remains a shared aspiration.