Eli my caring soldier pal

A CLOSE friend of a man murdered by a Hamas terrorist in Jerusalem on Sunday has spoken of his heartache.

Mancunian Ben Hayton said Eli Kay, 26, “was the very best of us”.

South African-raised Eli, who was shot dead by Fadi Abu Shkhaydam while walking to the Western Wall, was planning to marry his fiancée, Jen Schiff, in a few months’ time.

Ben, who emigrated to Israel five years ago, told the Jewish Telegraph: “Eli was so full of life, so positive and had such energy, so the idea of him being dead seems counter-intuitive. It’s devastating.”

And the 26-year-old recalled the horror of discovering his friend had been killed.

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