The four people killed by an Arab Israeli knifeman in a Beersheba terror attack on Tuesday were named as Doris Yahbas, 49, a mother of three, Laura Yitzhak, 43, also a mother of three, Rabbi Moshe Kravitzky, 48, a father of four, and Menahem Yehezkel, 67, a brother to four.
Yahbas was from Moshav Gilat, west of Beersheba, the Merhavim Regional Council said in a statement. She is survived by her husband and children.
Her funeral was planned for Wednesday at Gilat’s cemetery.
Yahbas’s nephew, Yisrael Ozen, a paramedic for the Magen David Adom first responder service, had rushed to the scene of the stabbing where he discovered that one of the victims was his aunt.
“While giving treatment I noticed that it was my aunt, my mother’s sister,” he said.
Yahbas, who was stabbed in the entrance to a clothes shop, was already showing no vital signs and medics were forced to declare her dead, he said.
“I was shocked,” Ozen admitted, but said he could not linger and needed to attend to his uncle, Yahbas’s husband, who had arrived at the location.
Another victim was identified as Menahem Yehezkel, a 67-year-old resident of Beersheba. He had no children and leaves behind four siblings, Ynet reported.
“He never bothered anyone. He just went out for a walk,” his nephew told Ynet. “It’s a heavy blow, a terrible tragedy.”
His funeral is set to take place on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the city.
Moshe Kravitzky, aged around 50, was killed when the attacker rammed the bicycle he was riding with a car. The rabbi was the director of a Chabad House in the city. For more than a decade, Kravitzky ran a synagogue in the Nahal Beka neighborhood, as well as a local soup kitchen for the needy and elderly.
His funeral is to be held Wednesday, after family living abroad arrive in the country, Ynet reported.
Rabbi Schneer Zalman Gurlik, the top Chabad emissary in Beersheba, eulogized Kravitzky as “very dedicated to his mission,” the Walla website reported.
Kravitzky, he said, put all of his efforts into the Nahal Beka community.
“He took care of them in the rain and the wind,” he said. “The residents all remember his wide smile and great giving.”
“We are in shock and greatly pained at the bitter news,” Gurlik said.
Laura Yitzhak was the sister of a police officer serving at the local Beersheba station, and who was called to attend the scene of the stabbing.
Police Chief Kobi Shabtai later called the officer to give his personal condolences and assured him that the force will provide support for the bereaved family, Israel Police said in a statement.
“She was an impressive woman,” a family relative told Ynet. “Amazing. She gave her all to raise her daughters. She was entirely full of love and giving. Anyone who met her received only love and compassion.”
Yitzhak was on her way to meet her husband when she was stabbed at a gas station, according to the report — the first victim of the killer’s rampage.
Video of the incident showed the attacker running up behind her and stabbing her multiple times as she tried to fight him off, then continuing to plunge the knife into her even after she had fallen to the ground. He then headed to the BIG shopping mall in the city where he continued attacking people.
The terrorist was eventually confronted by an armed bus driver, who attempted to get him to lower his weapon, footage from the scene showed. The attacker lunged at the driver, who shot him alongside a second armed Israeli civilian. First responders reported that the stabber died from the gunshot wounds.
Palestinian media identified the stabber as 34-year-old Mohammad Ghaleb Abu al-Qi’an, a terror convict from the Bedouin town of Hura in the Negev. Abu al-Qi’an, who died of his wounds on the scene, had served four years in prison for plotting to join the fundamentalist Islamic State terror group in Syria. He was released in 2019. Shabtai said he likely acted alone in Tuesday’s attack.