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June 30th, 2014
06:46 PM ET

Aunt of Israeli teen: He was young, and innocent, and they killed him

(CNN) – The aunt of an Israeli teenager found dead in the West Bank said she hopes no other family will have to suffer such a loss.

"I'm still shocked," Leehy Shaer, aunt of 16-year-old Gilad Shaar said. "I'm holding his picture, and I see his smile, and I don't believe. He's so young and innocent, and he (had) all his life in front of him."

Shaar, along with Eyal Yifrach, 19; and Naftali Frenkel, a 16-year-old dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, disappeared late June 12 or early June 13 from the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion in the West Bank, according to the Israeli military. Officials said they had been kidnapped.

Their bodies were found in the West Bank, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

"All Israel tonight is united in mourning the three teens who were brutally murdered by the Hamas terrorists," Mark Regev said Monday.

Shaer is mourning the loss of her nephew, and says she hopes such a thing never happens to "any child in the world," and that "terrorism will disappear from this world."

Asked how she thinks the Israeli government should respond, she said she is not a politician.

"But I know that Hamas, they are terrorists," she said. "They just want to kill. They didn't even try to negotiate. They just want to kill (this) innocent boy."

"What do they want?" she said.

Hamas – considered a terrorist group by both Israel and the United States – applauded, but did not take credit for the kidnapping.

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