Those We Have Lost

Laor Abramov, 20: Aspiring DJ from New Jersey

Murdered at the Supernova music festival, Oct. 7

Laor Abramov (Courtesy)
Laor Abramov (Courtesy)

Laor Abramov, a 20-year-old DJ from New Jersey, was murdered at the Supernova music festival near Re’im on October 7.

He was missing for several days, with family members clinging to hope after receiving a few sporadic texts from him Saturday morning that he was hiding. Ultimately, they received word that he had been killed.

His family said that he grew up in New Jersey and moved to Israel last year, dreaming of following in the footsteps of his father, David Abramov, also known as DJ Darwish.

“My son, my firstborn, my prince, my friend, my teacher, my leader,” his father wrote in a heartbroken Facebook post. “My musician, my cook, my bashful one… my gentle giant has died. A thousand hearts will remember you forever.”

His mother, Michal Halev, who still lives in New Jersey, wrote on Facebook: “My only son, the love of my life is gone. The world has stopped.”

Michal also released a video a few days after his death calling for peace instead of vengeance.

“I am begging the world, stop all the wars, stop killing people, stop killing babies,” she said. “War is not the answer, war is not how you fix things… I want to say that in my name I want no vengeance.”

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