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Former Connecticut Resident Wounded in Middle East Violence

Richard Lakin is reportedly recovering in a Jerusalem hospital and is in stable condition.

Recent weeks of violence between Israelis and Palestinians have left dead a total of nearly 40 people from both sides. A former Connecticut resident is among those critically injured.

Richard Lakin, 76, was a schoolteacher and principal at Hopewell School in Glastonbury. He moved to Israel in the 1980s with his wife and son.

Lakin was shot and stabbed during an attack on a bus in Israel this week.  

Howard Sovronsky is president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. "We're horrified about what's going on in Israel and the escalating level of violence," he said. "And this just made it very personal when we learned that one of our own -- a member of our own community, somebody who still had attachments here -- was one of those people who was victimized. So it went from something very abstract to something very personal."

According to a report from The Hartford Courant, Joshua Lakin, Richard Lakin's nephew, said the former educator is recovering in a Jerusalem hospital and is now in stable condition. Lakin was stabbed in the neck and lower abdomen and shot in the hip. He underwent surgery to repair damage to his organs.

Richard Lakin is the author of the book Teaching As an Act of Love: Thoughts and Recollections of a Former Teacher, Principal and Kid.

Secretary of State John Kerry is to travel to the Middle East to meet separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the spreading violence.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.

Diane Orson is a special correspondent with Connecticut Public. She is a longtime reporter and contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories have been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here And Now. Diane spent seven years as CT Public Radio's local host for Morning Edition.
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