The victims of Sunday’s deadly shooting attack were named as Jerusalem resident Levana Malihi, 60, and police officer First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29.
Kirma, a member of the elite police reconnaissance unit Yasam, was killed in the shootout while trying to charge the gunman, police said. “He fearlessly pursued the terrorist in order to neutralize him and prevent further harm to innocent bystanders,” the police statement said.
Kirma, a resident of the Jerusalem suburb Mevasseret Zion, will be buried at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the capital’s Mount Herzl cemetery. He is survived by his wife of five months, parents and two brothers. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of first sergeant.
Kirma was decorated after helping to stop a terror attack in December 2015.
Sadly a Police officer from Jerusalem's special patrol unit killed today in terrorist attack in Jerusalem today. pic.twitter.com/ux0i1l3LRO
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Malihi, a mother of three and grandmother of six, was a retired Knesset employee.
Malihi worked in the Knesset for more than 30 years until retiring in 2010, the parliament’s spokesman said in a statement. “Veteran workers remember a very warm woman, loved by all, dedicated, caring and modest,” the statement said.
She was fatally shot by the terrorist as she waited with a group of other Israelis for public transport.
Her nephew Harel told reporters that the family was requesting privacy in this difficult time.
“The family is mourning and in pain and still trying to come to terms with the bitter news,” he said.
Malihi will be buried at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuhot cemetery.