Shlomi Ziv, 40, was working as part of the security detail at the Supernova desert rave on October 7, when Hamas terrorists attacked, shooting and killing some 260 and taking dozens captive to Gaza.
Adi Kikuzshvili, one of his two sisters, spoke to Ziv at 7:30 a.m. that morning when he told her that everything was fine: Terrorists were shooting and there had been sirens for incoming rockets, but he and the rest of the team were at the cars and heading home.
Shlomi was one of the security ushers, and did not carry ammunition, said Kikuzshvili in several interviews.
Ziv told his sister about the bottleneck of cars trying to leave the area of the party.
His last conversation was with his other sister, Revital. As he was breathing heavily, he said, “I’ll call you back.”
“They didn’t understand the size of this attack,” said Ziv’s sister Adi. “People went to have fun and didn’t come back. It’s a life-long trauma.”
Ziv had gone to the party with two others, Aviv Eliyahu, his wife’s relative, and Jake Marlowe, a friend. Both were killed.
It took several weeks for Ziv’s wife to be informed that her husband is officially considered among the captives in Gaza.
“What kind of reality have we entered,” said Adi, Shlomi’s sister.
Both sisters described Shlomi as a typical older brother, the first to offer help, a “smiling kind of guy.”