Patriots honor memory of local Jewish teen killed in Palestinian terror attack

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FOXBORO — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made sure that the memory of one of his team’s most ardent fans, an 18-year-old college-bound student from Sharon, took center stage at Gillette Stadium ahead of Monday night’s divisional tilt against the Buffalo Bills.

Ezra Schwartz, who was in the process of spending a “gap year in Israel,” was killed Thursday when a Palestinian man opened fire on cars stuck in traffic in the West Bank. ESPN’s Monday Night Football coverage did not air the Patriot’s tribute to Schwartz and his family, which included a moment of silence, but Sussex Friends of Israel, a British-based advocacy organization, posted a video of the proceedings to its Facebook page:

Social media sites like Twitter were also abuzz with reactions:  


Some tweeted comments both moving and tongue-in-cheek:

As reported by various media outlets, it took three days for the administration of President Barack Obama to release a statement acknowledging Schwartz’s killing.

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