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On May 7, 2013 three people appeared in court in Tel Aviv suspected of involvement in a deadly shooting at a gay youth centre in the Aguda gay community centre in Tel Aviv.
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Liz Trubeshi and the youth counsellor Nir Katz were killed and 15 others were wounded in the incident on 1 August 2009. The three men, who were led into court manacled to police officers, were remanded in custody for 15 days. The details are subject to a media gagging order, but reports suggest the motive was one of revenge. A fourth person, reported to be a gay rights activist, has been arrested on suspicion of obstructing the police investigation into the attack.
Police hinted the suspects had criminal backgrounds and that at least two had connections to a large Israeli crime organisation. It is believed the killer was a hired gunman who went to the Bar Noah youth club and opened fire randomly after failing to find his target.
The attack and subsequent failure to apprehend any suspects stirred public debate in Israel about attitudes there towards homosexuality. The investigation has been one of the most expensive in Israeli history.
In 2011 it was reported that Israel was proposing to expel Thomas Schmidt, the German partner of Nir Katz.