Local family and friends remember teen killed in Israel by Palestinian terrorists

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Terrorist attacks are happening all over the world -- and an american teenager was killed in Israel Thursday during one of those attacks.

Local family and friends say the attacks -- wherever they are -- affect you.

"When your kid says to you, the first thing when they call, it's okay mom, I'm alright, you just take a deep breath, because you know right away something happened," says Margie Robinow, whose son is in Israel for a year. He graduated from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in May.

"David was on the same team that Ezra and a couple other boys were on," Robinow adds.

Friends, family mourn EzraRobinow is talking about Ezra Schwartz, the 18 year old killed delivering food to Israeli soldiers south of Jerusalem. On the way -- police say a Palestinian terrorist opened fire and rammed his car into a group of pedestrians.

"David told me the story of what had happened and why he wasn't in the car, because it was his usual time to go with them," Robinow adds.

The teens met through a program at Yeshivat Ashreinu, a Yeshiva in a city just west of Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh.

Students in the program do different activities helping people in need - the same team of kids go twice a week.

"David was doddling....he decided to let the car go and he was going to go later," adds Robinow, "Kind of by circumstances, for the first time didn't go that day."

Robinow says she's incredibly grateful her son is alive and safe, and she cannot even fathom what Ezra's family is going through.

"This has been hugely traumatic time for the boys in the school," says Robinow.

Dr. Howard Rosenthal says Ezra is his second cousin. He says all the recent terrorist attacks affect everyone.

"People have to realize that what happens in other parts of the country, other parts of the world, other religions, while it may not affect them personally at that one time, it does affect other people, and it`s a supreme loss," says Dr. Rosenthal.

He says in these types of situations people tend to not care because it doesn't effect them personally..but he feels it's just the opposite.

"What would Ezra have been?" Dr. Rosenthal asks, "He was an unbelievable athlete for example, the guy was brilliant, what if he would have been the next person to discover something wonderful, or do something wonderful?"

"I'd like to see the world understand that all this terrorism is the same, it's the same thing," says Robinow, "Israel has been fighting this in the same way that Paris and Beirut and Kenya, and everywhere else is fighting terror."