He loved basketball and wanted to help his family in the stores. The bullet ended everything.

He loved to play basketball with his friends. He dreamed of studying business administration to help his family’s business. He enjoyed taking care of his younger siblings and was “very polite, very respectful, very intelligent,” says the president of his mosque. Then suddenly a bullet to his head stopped everything.

A Palestinian teenager was killed in a shooting in the occupied West Bank on Friday. The US State Department confirmed the killing without naming the victim, but the teenager’s family identified him as Tawfic Abdel Jabbar, 17. Israeli police said on Saturday that they were investigating the murder.

Tawfic was born to Palestinian parents and grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans. His grandfather came to America “seeking the American dream,” said Sherean Murad, assistant principal at Gretna Muslim Academy, who taught tawfic civics when he was in the 11th grade.

Tawfic and his family moved temporarily to the West Bank in May to connect with relatives — he hoped to improve his Arabic while there and planned to return to the United States for college.

The news of his death left friends and relatives in Louisiana in disbelief.

“We are angry as a community because it is so senseless,” Ms Murad said.

Tawfic’s second cousin, Mohammad Abdelwahhab, a medical assistant in New Orleans, was still trying to process the news Saturday.

“It was a shock,” said Mr Abdelwahhab, 21. He added: “This is a shock to the whole family, the community and everyone who knows him by heart.”

“He is so young,” Mr. Abdelwahhab said, adding: “He was just about to celebrate his graduation and finish and he went on with his goals.”

On Saturday, a large crowd of friends and relatives gathered to mourn. During the day, an open house was held at Tawfic’s uncle’s home, where children and women shared memories of the teenager over strong cups of coffee, dates and plates of yellow rice and lamb. In the courtyard, young and old men gathered to eat and celebrate Tawfiq’s life.

Tawfik Abdeljabar, 23, a close relative with the same name but different spelling, said he and Tawfic felt like twins. “We would joke about who got the better name. I would say K was better and he would say C,” said Mr. Abdeljabar.

Another cousin, Zarifa Abdeljabar, 22, recalled memories of the two in the West Bank, especially when they went for iced coffee drives and enjoyed the peace of the mountains.

Because Tawfic was killed in a religious conflict, he is considered a martyr, Ms. Abdeljabar said. “God’s warrior,” she called him.

In the evening, a vigil was held for the men of Masjid Omar, a mosque in Harvey, La., attended by Tawfic. Hundreds were there, many wearing Palestinian headscarves.

In an interview with The New York Times, Nabil Abukhader, president of Masjid Omar, called on the Biden administration to do more to “fight for our rights as Americans.”

“It is important that we protect our children from this cycle of killing,” he said.

Some family members missed Saturday’s gatherings, including two of Tawfic’s uncles and his older brother, who flew to the West Bank as soon as they heard the news.

One of his relatives was in deep mourning when she gave birth to a boy on Friday.

She named it Tawfic, with C.

Gaya Gupta, Roni Caryn Rabin, Rami Nazzal and Anushka Patil contributed to the reporting.

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