The man is a well-known activist within the LGBT community. Police suspect he has additional information related to the investigation.
A gag order forbids investigators from saying what the fourth detainee is suspected of, but police officials did say he was not suspected of involvement in the shooting itself. Investigators believe the man has information that could shed light on the shooting and that he is connected to a separate offence committed in the distant past.
Nir Katz and Liz Trubeshi (Photos: Shaul Golan, Adva Naftali)
On Wednesday police arrested three suspects in connection with the shooting at the gay youth center. Police believe the motive for the murder was a personal dispute and that the shooter was seeking revenge.
Suspects' arrest, Wednesday (Photo: Shuki Lerer)
Two of the suspects were arrested after being taken off a truck on a main thoroughfare in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. The suspects, all Jews, will appear in court on Thursday for a remand hearing. They are residents of central Israel and their ages range from 20 to 40.
Two people – Nir Katz, 26, and Liz Trubeshi, 16 – were killed on August 1, 2009 when a veiled man entered the Barnoar gay youth center in Tel Aviv and began shooting at the teens gathered there.
Trubeshi's father said Thursday, "It is good the suspects were arrested, but I will not be satisfied with a punishment that would allow them to walk free after 10 years in prison. They should be executed.
"A man who kills someone on purpose should be under the ground just like his victim. The arrest will not bring my daughter back," Eli Trubeshi added.
Knesset Member Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) said Wednesday he hopes those arrested are indeed the guilty parties. "The unsolved killings have cast a heavy shadow not only over the gay community, but on the entire Israeli society. Responses to the murders by different elements revealed the depths of hatred toward the gay community and free society," he said.
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