Oct. 28, 2015
American Killed in Palestinian Attack Was Peace Activist – Ian Deitch (AP-San Francisco Chronicle)
Richard Lakin, 76, an American educator who was a Freedom Rider for civil rights in the 1960s and advocated coexistence between Muslims and Jews when he moved to Israel, died Tuesday of wounds sustained on Oct. 13 when two Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers.
Lakin was originally from Newton, Massachusetts, and a longtime elementary school principal in Glastonbury, Connecticut. His Facebook page displayed an image of Israeli and Arab kids hugging under the word “coexist.”
“He was really a peacenik. He believed deeply in a two-state solution and wanted to see Arabs and Jews living together in peace,” said Rabbi Richard Plavin of Beth Shalom B’nai Israel in Manchester, Connecticut, which Lakin had attended.