Tamar Gutman, 27, is presumed killed by Hamas terrorists on October 7, as they began their multi-pronged assault on Israel’s Gaza border communities and the outdoor Supernova music rave that Gutman was attending.
Gutman was at first presumed missing, but on November 13, the family received video footage from the authorities that offers a high probability that Gutman was killed. Her body wasn’t recovered.
“We have nothing that would allow a burial at this point, and if there is a body, it’s not with us,” the family told Ynet. “Not in Shura [the makeshift morgue at an IDF base] and not in the pathology institute.”
Israel’s security forces still classify Tamar as missing because there is no physical evidence, but the photo analysis viewed by the family shows her next to a friend who has already been identified as dead.
“There are questions that have no answer because the entire area of the vehicle was burned and there is no way to fully analyze the findings that are seen there,” sister Adva told Ynet.
Adva last heard from Gutman while she was trying to flee on October 7 around 7:30 a.m.
Gutman told Adva that she was in the car, but couldn’t leave because of the attacks taking place on the road. She said that security forces had told them to stay at the site, rather than try and escape.
Her sister later searched for her in the local hospitals, hoping to find her there. Gutman’s phone was later found on the side of the road.
Gutman was a second-year law student. She hadn’t left the house much in recent years as she suffered from repeated attacks of Crohn’s disease and required multiple hospitalizations and constant medication.
She was the family caregiver, said Adva.
“She cooked for everyone in the family the night before,” said Adva.