An Israeli man abducted into the Gaza Strip during the Hamas terror group’s devastating October 7 attack on southern Israel has died, his high school announced Friday.
Guy Iluz, 26, was attending the Supernova musical festival near Re’im when he was taken by Hamas terrorists.
“For many weeks we hoped and prayed for Guy’s return, but today we were informed that he will not return again,” Mor Metro-West High School in Ra’anana wrote in a Facebook post.
No details were provided regarding how he died and when. There was no confirmation from the Israel Defense Forces, which on Friday announced the deaths of several other Israelis who were abducted into Gaza.
According to the school, Iluz is the sixth Mor Metro-West alumnus to have been killed since October 7.
“Guy was a man of love, happiness and laughter,” the school added. “Music accompanied Guy all his life until the day of his death.”
Iluz, a soundman for Israeli musicians Matti Caspi, Shalom Hanoch and others, tried to flee from the terrorists together with four friends in his white jeep. He called his father, Michel Iluz.
“Dad, Dad, I love you,” said Guy. “I wanted to tell you I love you if something happens to me.”
Michel Iluz told his son not to say goodbye.
Friends in a car behind him were able to escape, but the terrorists shot at Guy’s car, killing his four passengers.
He was able to get out of the car and climb a tree, which is where he was when he last spoke with his family.
His father, Michel, went searching for Guy on the roads and fields near the festival, eventually finding his car, but no sign of him or his body.
Michel Iluz, who owns Tel Aviv’s Hummus Asli restaurant, asked his Arab workers to keep their eye on Arabic television to see if Guy was mentioned anywhere.
On the 11th day, a worker sent Michel a video showing a Hamas gunman announcing Guy’s death.
Michel sent the video to Gal Hirsch, the government point man on missing and kidnapped citizens, who told the Iluz family not to believe the video. Hirsch later told the family that Guy was a hostage in Gaza.