Lighting fixture crashes stage set on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, ahead of a Remembrance Day service, killing 20-year-old IDF female officer and injuring 7 others. The officer was buried several hours later on the same mountain where she found her death. She served as a Medical Corps officer at the Jordan Valley Brigade. It has been said she played a central role in saving human lives in various incidents.
Latest Update: 04.18.12
A 20-year-old female IDF officer was killed and seven soldiers were injured Wednesday afternoon when a heavy lighting fixture collapsed on a stage set on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Eight people were detained for questioning by Jerusalem police.
Second-Lieutenant Hila Bezaleli was among dozens of soldiers who were on the stage rehearsing for next week's Independence Day ceremony.
An initial investigation revealed that a cable connecting the lighting fixtures was torn apart and as a result, the fixtures collapsed and dragged a concrete cube that weighs a few tons
Large police and emergency services teams arrived at the scene.
The victim's mother was also at the site at the time of the accident.
Bezaleli served as a Medical Corps officer at the Jordan Valley Brigade. It has been said she played a central role in saving human lives in various incidents.
"Her dream was to march at the lighting of the torches ceremony and she kept on talking about it," one officer said.
Thousands of people attended the funeral of Second Lt. Hila Bezaleli on Wednesday in Jerusalem's Mount Herzl.
Last photo shows the victim on the stage rehearsing,few hours before her death
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