'Death at the hands of a despicable murderer'
Eitan Trobishi spent his 31st birthday identifying the body of his little sister Liz, who was killed in the shooting attack on the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association offices in Tel Aviv on Saturday.
"Even when I saw her in the morgue, she was so beautiful," he said, weeping.
Yesterday he was sitting on the stairs of his apartment building in Holon alongside his uncle, trying to phrase the obituary notice.
"We announce with grief and sorrow the death - or should we say 'murder'?" the uncle asked. "Write 'death'," said Eitan, "and underneath that, put 'at the hands of a despicable murderer'."
Eitan said his sister's friends woke up his mother at 1 A. M., and she was the one to tell him the news.
"My parents are hurting, my mother is finished," he said.
The family didn't know Liz went to the GLBT center.
"I have no idea who she went with," Eitan said. "They called me from the center and told me she wasn't part of the community, that she was a guest. Until they said that we had no idea if she belonged there, if she was thinking about it, I just don't know. She was a beautiful girl, blue eyes, dimples, auburn hair. She was loved by everyone. She liked to help, she was always smiling. She loved to sing."
Ortal Zfania, Liz's friend from school, said that "she was such a good girl, she had a heart of gold, she always helped everyone. Now people think she's a lesbian because she was in that club, but she's not."
The family's day was further mired by bureaucracy. They said they wanted to bury Liz close to home, but were told it would cost NIS 25,000 since the local cemetery is closed. It took the intervention of the Holon mayor to have Liz declared a victim of a terrorist attack, which allowed the family to bury her in the designated plot at the local cemetery.
She is survived by her parents, her brother, 31, and her sisters, 27 and 13.