Shir Georgy, a 22-year-old Israeli-Canadian dual citizen from Rishon Lezion, was murdered on October 7 by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival near Re’im.
She was last seen in a short video from that Saturday morning huddling in a small shelter with a police officer and other partygoers, one of whom appeared to have been shot in the leg. Her family clung to the video as hope she had managed to escape, but after a week of searching, they were informed on October 14 that her body had been identified. She was laid to rest later that night in Rishon Lezion.
Shir is survived by her parents, Galit and Ronen, and younger brothers Roey and Yehonatan. Galit grew up in Montreal and later moved to Israel, according to reports.
Her friends remembered Shir as someone who loved traveling, was a surfing fanatic, and could always be found on the dance floor. She had a sun tattooed just behind her ear, because “she always wanted to radiate light,” according to a memorial Instagram page set up for her.
On her arm, Shir had tattooed a lighthouse, corresponding to a quote many of her friends attributed to her — and even printed on stickers they pasted around Israel after her death: “Be sure to always keep your light bright and shining. You never know just how many people you may be a lighthouse for. You never know how many people find their way home in even the wildest storms, because you are there.”
Shir’s cousin, Sivane Dahan, told the Global News that she was “the light of her house. She was a sweet, gentle, amazing girl that always loved and respected everybody around her. She loved to live.”
Dahan said Shir had spent several months on a post-army trip across South America over the summer, and “it breaks my heart that she went to dance at a peace festival and ended up not coming back.”
“She was so good hearted and she was so kind, just helping others and just living life,” Dahane added. “She was just telling her grandmother how she wanted to get married and have kids and it’s so heartbreaking that she’ll never get to do that. Her life was cut short.”
Her aunt, Michal Bouganim, told The Toronto Star that the family was in deep mourning.
“Only if she didn’t go to this party! We are all heartbroken and left with the memory of her beautiful smile engraved into our hearts,” she said.
“She was a flower, an angel, filled with joy and laughter,” Bouganim added. “She was a pure soul, thinking positive thoughts and was just beginning to accomplish her dreams. She just returned in late June from a six or seven month trip traveling in South America… They say God takes the best ones.”