Lubbock Man Killed in Terror Attack in Israel


Taylor Force, 29, of Lubbock, who more recently lived in Nashville, Tennessee, was killed in Tel Aviv during a terror attack.  The Times of Israel reported the attack and Vanderbilt University confirmed Force’s death in a written statement.

On Tuesday, the Times reported, “Force, a Lubbock, Texas native, was killed and at least 10 people were injured Tuesday evening when a Palestinian man carried out a stabbing spree in Jaffa. Five of the injured were described as being in critical condition.”

Force was on a trip with other Vanderbilt students according to the university.

“All other Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff on the trip are safe,” Vanderbilt said.

According to multiple sources Force was a military veteran and a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute.  He was also previously a student at Irons Middle School.

According to the Time of Israel, “The terrorist, later identified as 22-year-old Palestinian Bashar Massalha, stabbed his victims in at least three locations in an attack that lasted some 20 minutes, reports said.”

The Times also said, “The attacker was shot dead by police after a chase from the Jaffa Port along the Tel Aviv beach promenade.”

Vanderbilt also said, “Taylor embarked on this trip to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel. He exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service.”

“This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world,” Vanderbilt said.

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