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Ziv Pepe Shapira, 26: Pipe welder ‘was an artist in his soul’

Murdered by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on Oct. 7

Ziv Pepe Shapira (Courtesy)
Ziv Pepe Shapira (Courtesy)

Ziv Pepe Shapira, 26, from Kibbutz Nir Am, was murdered by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on October 7.

He attended the rave with two friends, one who survived, and Nevo Arad, who was also slain that day as they both tried to flee the site of the party.

Ziv was considered missing for more than a week until his body was ultimately identified. He was buried on October 19 in Nir Am following a funeral service in Tel Aviv.

He is survived by his parents, Tamar and Yehiel, his siblings Aviel, Mor, Tal, Gil and Dan and his stepfather Patrick Cohen.

In a 2015 interview with Channel 13 news, Ziv, then a high school senior, said, “It doesn’t seem logical that there’s a war every year in Israel. This doesn’t happen in any other country.”

According to a eulogy on the National Insurance Institute website, Ziv was born in Eilat but as an infant moved to Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev, and when he was five settled in Nir Am, following his mother’s marriage to Patrick.

In middle and elementary school, Ziv played soccer, even participating in a tournament abroad, and in high school, he learned guitar. He completed a year of national service on Kibbutz Sde Boker before enlisting in the army. After being released he studied pipe welding, and he worked for the gas company Chemo Aharon.

His family said he also had a strong artistic side, dabbling in making jewelry as well as drawing, painting and songwriting. He was also the owner of his beloved dog Loopy.

Niv Ast, a friend and musician, released “A Song for Pepe,” with the lyrics, “I hope we can dance again.” Niv wrote that Ziv “was full of love, caring and music. We met in many of my shows and became friends. I tried to weave his happiness and smile into this track.”

Ziv was also into the music scene and worked as a promoter for the Collabo club, which held an evening of music in June in his memory, writing that “our Ziv Pepe was a true lover of freedom, the last man standing on the dance floor and one who never stopped smiling. Pepe worked with us as part of the Ratzif production at Collabo, but quickly became a true friend to most of us.”

Writing on his Instagram memorial page, his mother, Tami, said that “Ziv was an artist in his soul. He loved to draw and sculpt, he could find metal wires in the field and weave them together and create a beautiful flower that he would plant in a pot. He decorated the walls of his caravan with his own drawings.”

He loved parties and raves and took part in many both in Israel and Europe, she added. “It was very natural for him to go to the Supernova festival from which he never returned, at just age 26. The war ended everything.”

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