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Shamil Abassov, 33: Saved two in his taxi by warning them of attack

Dual Israeli-Azerbaijani citizen, Shamil was a competitive computer gamer. When driving two girls from Supernova rave he told them to duck for cover before he was shot on October 7

Shamil Abassov. (Courtesy)
Shamil Abassov. (Courtesy)

Shamil Abassov, 33, was killed by terrorist who opened fire at his taxi on October 7, 2023.

Shamil, a dual Israeli-Azerbaijani citizen who immigrated to Israel, was driving two girls from the outdoor party at Re’im when he encountered a group of terrorists ambushing vehicles along the road. He managed to warn his passengers to take cover before the gunmen shot him dead. The car veered off the road into a forest. The two passengers were found hours later, alive, having survived the attack.

Shamil’s brother, Daniel, eulogized him saying “to your last moment you watched out for others and saved civilians,” the local Beersheva B7net outlet reported.

Friends described him as having a sharp sense of humor and always with an amusing story to tell.

Shamil was a known computer gamer who participated in international contests.

The Israeli Esports Association said in a statement that Shamil was an active member of the national eFootball community and had competed in World Championship qualifiers.

“He was a beloved friend and a devoted member, who perpetuated the spirit of sportsmanship and Israeliness everywhere he went,” the association said. “We had the privilege of knowing you and playing with you, Shamil.”

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