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Mourners Hold Vigil Near UN for Three Israeli Teens Killed in West Bank

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Vigils were held in the city Monday to honor three teens found dead after being kidnapped near the West Bank. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Mourners marched from 2nd avenue and 42nd Street to the United Nations to grieve and to deliver a message.

"My heart is broken," said one mourner.

"It is barbaric to murder children in the political conflict," another said.

They gathered to comfort each other and to pay tribute to three teens kidnapped and killed in Israel.

"There's nothing we can do but show our solidarity," another mourner said.

Nineteen-year-old Eyal Yifrah, and 16-year-olds Gilad Shaw and Naftali Fraenkel disappeared while hitchhiking home from seminary school in the West Bank more than two weeks ago.

A volunteer search party member discovered their bodies Monday buried under rocks.

Israel blames Hamas and rounded up hundreds of its operatives in an effort to find the boys.

Fraenkel had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and his family lived in Brooklyn for a time.

Senator Charles Schumer Monday night called for the U.S. to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if it doesn't break with Hamas.

"The fact that this young man is an American citizen obviously means a little bit more because we protect American citizens wherever they are, in every way," said Schumer.

While in a statement, the president extended his condolences to the victims families and condemned the act of terror.

"It's 18 days after they were abducted. That's not good enough," one mourner said.

Some outside another memorial service expressed disappointment in the president.

Inside the service, at the Jewish community center, they prayed for peace and the victims few, if any, here actually knew.

"I'm crying because families like mine lost their son," she said.

"This is really a moment where our whole community felt very connected to these young boys, to their families and to the situation," said Rabbi Ayelet Cohen.

One person tonight compared this to the kidnapping of Nigerian school children earlier this year.

Another woman said, once again, the world failed by not doing enough to stop it.

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