A teen girl seriously injured in a terrorist bombing in Israel died Wednesday after more than six years in a coma.
Hodaya Asulin, then 14, was on her way home when a bomb hidden in a bag near a busy bus stop in Jerusalem blew up on March 23, 2011.
Asulin never regained consciousness after the explosion, according to reports.
She died early Wednesday in Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.
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“An innocent and pure child, you were exceptionally sensitive, and you had a keen sense of what was happening with others,” her mother, Michal, said at the funeral held at the Mevo Horon settlement in the West Bank.
“God chose you as an emissary to bear suffering for the people,” she added. “God chose you to be a soldier for the people of Israel. Pray, Hodaya, for the people of Israel, pray for your family and your many friends. You have dedicated your soul to sanctify God’s name.”
After the bombing, Asulin’s parents, both who work in education, dedicated their lives to her recovery, family members said.
“The family members took a courageous step after the hospitals did not see fit to continue treating her,” her aunt Rafi Asulin said at the funeral. “They decided that Hodaya’s place was at home, put her there beside her six brothers and set up a kind of small hospital. Her mother became a sort of hospital manager, and home life came to revolve around [taking care of Hodaya].”
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The blast also killed Mary Jean Gardner, 59, a British national who was studying at Hebrew University, and injured 30 others, including six Americans.
At the time, the bomb was the first such attack in about seven years.
In November 2013, Ali Hassan al-Qawasmi was sentenced to life in prison for leaving the bomb at the bus stop.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sympathies.
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“I send condolences from the bottom of my heart to the family of Hodaya Asulin,” he said in a statement. “The entire Israeli nation is embracing and supporting the family, which wrapped Hodaya in warmth and dedication since the terrible attack. May her memory forever remain blessed and ensconced in our hearts.”
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