Police believe real estate businessman Eldad Peri was shot dead in Rehovot Friday due to his immense debts, according to a report Friday.
An unidentified source tied to the criminal underworld told Channel 13 news Peri was likely made an example of by criminal creditors, that “whoever doesn’t pay, dies.”
Associates of Peri told the network: “We have no idea who could have murdered him, and we want people to know he was doing everything to pay back his debts.”
Kan news reported that police have made progress in their investigation into Peri’s murder outside a synagogue early Friday morning, and have identified a potential suspect. Police sources told the network Peri had been under surveillance by his killers prior to the murder.
Peri’s real estate business had gone bankrupt over debts of hundreds of millions on shekels, and he himself was in deep personal debt as well.
His lawyer Benny Katz told Channel 12 he had not been aware of any threats to his client’s life
Police believe Peri was shot multiple times by an assassin who had arrived on a motorbike outside a synagogue frequented by Peri. The killer then fled the scene.