Paul Kessler, 69, was killed in a terrible incident that happened in Los Angeles on Monday. The incident started with violent altercations between protesters who supported Israel and the Palestinian cause. Authorities launched an investigation into the event as a potential hate crime and homicide after the confrontation took place during opposing marches.
Information about the Event:
Around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, Paul Kessler, an Israel supporter, got into a fight with pro-Palestinian protesters and died as a result. The fight happened in Thousand Oaks, and Kessler’s head injuries during the altercation ultimately caused his death. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is looking at the circumstances surrounding the occurrence.
Results of Autopsy and Research:
Kessler’s death was ruled a homicide by an autopsy performed on Monday, and it was determined that he had suffered a blunt force head injury. Deputies cited The Los Angeles Times as stating that during the argument, Kessler was struck in the head before being pushed over.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles claimed that Kessler had been struck by a megaphone, a claim that the authorities did not first corroborate. Local rabbi Moshe Bryski conveyed the shock and grief of the community over Kessler’s untimely death, highlighting his role as a counter-protester who was present at a pro-Israel event.
Investigations and Community Reaction:
As of the most recent news statement from the sheriff’s office, no arrests had been made in relation to the tragedy, which has caused sadness and anxiety in the community. Jim Fryhoff, the sheriff of Ventura County, is scheduled to give more information about the current investigation at a press conference on Tuesday.
Videos from social media and testimonies from witnesses:
Social media footage shows a man with a head injury lying on the ground being helped by people, one of them is a woman wearing a “Free Palestine” jacket. Kessler’s family friend Justin Cohen expressed shock and grief while highlighting Kessler’s nonviolent demeanor and pride in his support of Israel.
Proposals for Community Mourning and Peace:
Supervisor Jeff Gorell of Ventura County expressed his sorrow about the incident and sent his sympathies to Kessler’s friends and family. He stressed the community’s joint grief at the needless death of a person and urged for peace in the area.