Eviatar David, 23, was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7 from the Supernova desert rave.
As his family woke up to sirens on that Shabbat morning, they texted with David, who wrote that the party was being closed down because “they are bombarding the party,” he wrote.
At the time, his family wasn’t sure what he meant.
After they were in contact with the parent of one of David’s friends who was with him at the party, they heard about Hamas terrorists attacking the party, shooting and killing partygoers.
They later found out that David’s friend had been killed.
As David stopped answering his phone, his family wondered what would be better, if he were killed or kidnapped, his sister Yeela told Ynet.
The family frantically searched on social media to find any sign of life of David, and then Yeela received a message from an unknown number with a photo.
The text said that David had been identified in a Hamas photo on Telegram.
“We looked and saw that it was him,” said Yeela in the Ynet interview. “And that’s how we figured out that Eviatar is a captive in Gaza. Through Telegram.”
In the photo, David’s face can be seen clearly with a flashlight being shone on him, said his sister. Another photo put up later by Hamas shows him with his hands tied onto the shoulders of a terrorist who has a gun.
“That was shocking,” said Yeela.
The army later confirmed that David had been taken hostage in Gaza.
Several days later, the family was visited by friends of David who survived the party and came to speak to them at their Kfar Saba home, said Yeela in a Kan video.
The friends said that during the party, they all stood in a circle and spoke about how good life is and how good their lives are, said Yeela.