Woman shot dead, allegedly by husband, named as Esti Ahronovitz, 70

Woman shot dead, allegedly by husband, named as Esti Ahronovitz, 70

Retired music teacher survived by 4 children; suspect apprehended after his car flips over; couple was reportedly separating against husband’s wishes

Esti Ahronovitz, whose husband is suspected of her murder on November 3, 2019 (Facebook)
Esti Ahronovitz, whose husband is suspected of her murder on November 3, 2019 (Facebook)

A woman found shot dead in her home and whose husband is suspected of her murder, was named Monday as Esti Ahronovitz.

Ahronovitz, 70, was found dead on Sunday evening in the small community of Talmei Eliyahu in the southern Eshkol region.

She is survived by four children and nine grandchildren and worked as an elementary school music teacher prior to her retirement.

“Esther was a well-loved and vibrant friend, known and involved in the community,” said Ricky Peretz, a resident of Talmei Eliyahu.

Ahronovitz is to be buried later Monday in a private ceremony.

Man arrested after his wife was found shot dead at their home in Talmei Eliyahu, November 3, 2019 (Screen grab via Kan)

Her husband, 65, was apprehended when his car flipped over hours after his wife’s body was discovered on Sunday.

The man, who is licensed to carry a firearm, was apprehended by authorities after a several-hour search, reportedly with a weapon and large amounts of medication in the vehicle. Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center said Monday he was in a moderate condition.

It is expected a remand hearing will be held for him later on Monday, although it is thought he will remain hospitalized and unable to attend.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, the suspect, a doctor, appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

A family member told Army Radio that the husband’s behavior changed after Ahronovitz told him she wanted them to separate.

“He was a kind person, but lately he’s been a different person. We’ve seen him change because he didn’t want to separate,” the relative named only as Sagit said.

The apparent homicide came as activists continue to push for tougher action to stem domestic abuse and violence against women.

Hagit Farr, head of the Na’amat women’s organization, told Channel 13 news that the government was prioritizing spending on elections and defense and not on the protection of women.

“Women continue to be murdered and the Israeli government remains indifferent. Budgets for two elections are plentiful — the budget for an emergency plan to combat violence against women? None. The cabinet convened for a four-hour debate on the threat from Gaza. Will the government devote such a special emergency to internal threats?” she said.

The woman is the 13th in Israel thought to have been murdered by a relative or acquaintance in Israel this year, according to a tally by the Ynet news site.

Recent weeks have seen several women killed in suspected cases of domestic violence.

Michal Sela, husband Eliran Malul and their baby, in a photo uploaded September 30, 2019 (Facebook)

Earlier Sunday, Maxim Tal, 30, of Kiryat Bialik had his remand extended by four days. He is accused of stabbing his wife, Maria, to death last month in their home in the suburb of Haifa.

Also last month, 32-year-old Michal Sela was violently murdered in Motza, near Jerusalem. Her husband, Eliran Malul, is suspected of killing Sela while their eight-month-old daughter was home.

Malul, 34, is then thought to have attempted to take his own life. He is suspected of aggravated murder, premeditated murder, and obstructing justice.

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