Friday, January 12, 2007

Darwin award candidate: Jewish graffiti teen struck by train

Mike Jaccarino:

The outpouring of grief for eighth-grader Ari Kraft, who was killed by a Long Island Rail Road train during a graffiti spree, couldn't be contained by a Queens funeral chapel yesterday.

More than 500 people packed the Sinai Chapels to remember the popular 13-year-old from Rego Park, while scores of friends of relatives were left to peer through glass windows.

"Ari's death is a tragedy, beyond the ability of words to describe or understand," said Rabbi Albert Thaler of Temple Gates of Prayer, the synagogue Ari attended.

"What can I say? What can anyone say?"

There were few references to the circumstances surrounding his death, with mourners mostly describing the teen as a nice young man.

"Ari was a good kid," Thaler said. "Sometimes good kids do bad things." The boy's body lay in a coffin covered with the Star of David. Israeli and American flags were draped alongside in a nod to his deep love for the Jewish state, where he spent his summers and was recently bar mitzvahed.

Dressed in black, his mother, Yaffa Simantov, wept uncontrollably during the ceremony as she sat next to the boy's father, Roger Kraft. "Ari was one of the kindest, sweetest boys I knew," said Alissa Eisner, whose son was a friend of Ari's. "He brought joy to all of us."

The headmaster of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens remembered how Ari won over classmates with his sense of humor.

"Ari Kraft was a great kid," said Martin Mayerson, the headmaster. "He was a good student, a fine young man. I will miss him."

Ari, who used the tag "Kos," was killed after painting graffiti on signal equipment along the LIRR tracks in Rego Park on Friday afternoon, friends said.

He tried to race across the tracks to get home in time for his family's Sabbath dinner, but was struck and killed by a commuter train.

Ari's family has vowed to sue the LIRR and the city for failing to do more to block access to the tracks.

Actually, if anyone should be sued it should be the family of Ari Kraft for not teaching him that painting graffiti was illegal.

LIRR killing machine

Parents of kid killed by train while doing graffiti on tracks plan to sue MTA


At 5:06 AM, Anonymous Lee said...

The family want to sue the company for not making it harder for their boy to break the law?

How about the train driver sueing the family for the trauma that their irresponsible son has caused him? He has to live with the fact that he has killed this boy, even though everyone knows it's not his fault.

The world truly has gone mad.

At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Hank said...

Let's hope that any lawsuit filed by the parents is thrown out of court.

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only sad tragedy here is that it wasn't a lawyer that the train ran over.

At 11:26 AM, Anonymous wolfie said...

Ridiculous. The parents should be made to pay for all the damage signed with 'Kos' plus the damage and interruption by the accident. And then chucked out of a country where they didn't stop their child obeying to the laws.

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

u guys are all Nazi psychos. RIP KOS, and to the rest of you, too bad all you can do is complain about a family who just lost their son. What do you care about the lawsuit? The damage he did is trivial compared to the amount of suffering they are going through. I bet all of you fascists would have the same gut reaction to sue if yr son was hit by a train.


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