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Omri Ram, 28: Surfer, poker player was a ‘north star’ for friends

Murdered while trying to flee the Supernova music festival on October 7

Omri Rom (Courtesy)
Omri Rom (Courtesy)

Omri Ram, 28, from the town of Aseret next to Gedera, was murdered on October 7 while attempting to flee the Supernova music festival.

He attended the rave alongside his two close childhood friends, Zur Saidi and Aviad Halevi, who were both also slain that day.

The three friends tried to flee the site of the festival in their car, and were shot dead along the way. Their bodies were discovered that afternoon by a neighbor who had set out to search for them.

Omri is survived by his parents, Menashe and Merav, his two younger brothers, Tomer and Eyal, and his girlfriend Tal Keinan. He was buried on October 10 in the Gederot cemetery.

He had recently completed a degree in economics and business management at Reichman University, including a semester abroad in Paris, and was looking forward to exploring the world of fintech, his family said.

In addition to his love of surfing and a variety of other sports, Omri was a devoted poker player, and the House of Poker, which held an event in his memory, described him as “the type of person who brings together people and hearts and tournaments. Everyone who met him easily spotted his kind heart, his love of people and his pure humility.”

His father Menashe told Ynet that Omri, their oldest child, “was a charming boy, whose most defining characteristic was that he loved everyone, and everyone loved him. He spread life, love and joy and helped his friends… he was a kid who was always smiling.”

His mother, Merav, told Ma’ariv that Omri “was a talented boy who loved all types of sports, surfing, snowboarding, tennis, frisbee, skateboarding, he loved to travel around the world, to dance, to listen to music, to learn.”

Merav said that more than anything else, “Omri’s essence in life was people. He really loved people, his goal in life was to be a north star for people. He was always smiling, when people needed him, he would drop everything and go help them. He always sought out the weak ones, stuck with them, strengthened them and added them to the crew. He was a people person.”

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