Neighbors and friends of the Israeli couple shot dead in a West Bank terror attack on Thursday, leaving behind four orphaned children, expressed their shock and disbelief at the loss.
“They were a dream couple, who in life and in death were inseparable. Everyone knew that they went everywhere together. They invested a lot in their relationship, in their family, their children,” a neighbor who was identified by her first name, Shlomit, told Ynet.
Naama and Eitam Henkin, both in their early 30s, were gunned down late Thursday while driving in their car between the settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh, near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik.
Their children — aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 — who were in the backseat of the vehicle were unharmed.
“They were something special, good people, very humble,” Shlomit went on, speaking quickly and appearing deeply upset.
Yossi Dermer, the head of the security team of the West Bank settlement of Neria, where the family lives, said the community and others like it are “unfortunately well versed” in such tragedies and were finding their strength in each other.
“Right now, there are four small children that need care; we need to see how we proceed in the morning,” said Dermer.
He indicated that the children were with relatives in the West Bank settlement of Pedu’el, where Naama Henkin was from.
The Hebrew daily Maariv reported that in a Facebook post on a “mommy forum” last year, Naama had asked about purchasing life insurance and, possibly, drafting a will “in light of recent events and in general,” in reference to tensions and violence in the West Bank.
Eitam Henkin is the son of Rabbi Yehuda and Chana Henkin, who moved to Israel from the United States in the 1970s. His mother, Chana, runs the Nishmat institute, a Jewish learning institution that was one of the first to teach women Talmud and Jewish law.
Rabbi Henkin, a noted Torah scholar and author of several volumes of responsa, also serves as the school’s Jewish law authority.
Naama Henkin was a graphic artist who owned a design studio. According to Arutz 7, she is the daughter of a former member of the elite Sayeret Matkal unit. Her father reportedly took part in the failed 1994 rescue attempt of IDF soldier Nachshon Wachsman from a Palestinian village north of Jerusalem. Wachsman was killed by his Hamas kidnappers as the Israel Defense Forces sought to free him; one of the rescue team was also killed.
The Henkins were being laid to rest Friday morning at 11 a.m at Har Hamenuhot in Jerusalem, also known as the Givat Shaul cemetery.