Hundreds of people on Tuesday attended the funeral of 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman, who sustained serious injuries during a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon Monday and died of her wounds Tuesday morning.
Krigman was buried at Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul cemetery, in a plot near that of Dafna Meir, an Israeli mother of six stabbed to death in her home in Otniel last week.
Speaking at the ceremony, which was closed to the press, Krigman’s teacher remembered her for her “great curiosity” and gentle demeanor.
“She was open to the world and had great curiosity,” said Eitan Bnaya, one of Krigman’s teachers at the Ariel University, according to the Ynet news website. “She was interested in many areas. Everything got cut off in a single moment, a young woman whose life was ended.”
Bnaya said that Krigman, an industrial design student, was an “amazing, quiet and kind person” and “very interesting.”
“Despite her gentle appearance, she would tackle every machine and every material and build models. Her final project was to build public libraries in bus stops, a sort of social activity that combines her two great loves — books and design.”
Krigman’s death left friends and relatives shaken, and they recalled her warm heart, her artistic nature, and her social conscience.
“She was a caring person, close and caring toward her friends,” Einat Dermer told the NRG news site earlier Tuesday. “She was just a person who wanted everything to be good, and she did that in her own way.”
Krigman, who had previously served as a group leader in Beit Horon for the national-religious Bnei Akiva youth movement, was spending time with her grandparents at the settlement when she was attacked, according to a message from the community sent out Tuesday morning. Another woman, Adina Cohen, 58, was moderately injured in the attack, which took place outside a small market in the settlement.
Though originally from the West Bank settlement of Shadmot Mehola, located in the Beit She’an Valley, Krigman spent much time in Beit Horon, outside Jerusalem, and was seen as a resident by many who lived in the small community.
“Shlomit, your address may have been in Shadmot Mehola, but you were without a doubt a resident of Beit Horon,” one resident wrote on Facebook in tribute to her. “Shlomit, part of the landscape of Beit Horon, a smiling, quiet flower who brightened up her surroundings.”
Krigman’s cousin Danny Hirschberg, who heads the Bnei Akiva movement in Israel, said his family was in “great pain.”
“We had a hard night of turmoil and hopes that ended with a great sadness,” he told Ynet. “Shlomit was a beloved, sweet girl, always smiling, energetic and full of light. We are in great pain. Let us hope for better days.”
Krigman had recently completed her bachelor’s degree in industrial design at the University of Ariel, and was trying to decide on a path to pursue in the field.
She is survived by her parents and her six siblings.
Following the stabbing attack at Beit Horon, Krigman was evacuated to Hadassah Hospital in Mount Scopus in critical condition. Despite efforts to stabilize her, she died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a statement from the hospital said.
Both attackers, one from nearby Beit Ur al-Tahta and one from the Ramallah area, were shot and killed by a security guard.
The terror attack was the third in just over a week to take place inside a settlement. On January 17, a terrorist infiltrated the settlement of Otniel in the southern West Bank, stabbing Meir to death.
A day later, a terrorist sneaked into the settlement of Tekoa, south of Jerusalem, and knifed a pregnant woman, Michal Froman, moderately wounding her.
Adiv Sterman and Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.