Slain Soldier Was Always Ready to Help

Elazar Leibovitz, 21, who was killed Friday evening in a shooting attack in south Hebron, was busy with his compulsory army service at the time.

Elazar Leibovitz, 21, who was killed Friday evening in a shooting attack in south Hebron, was busy with his compulsory army service at the time. He came from one of the best-known and oldest settler families in Hebron, from the Avraham Aveinu neighborhood.

On Friday afternoon, Leibovitz volunteered to drive Nirya and Sara Ben-Yitzhak, a young couple who were married on Wednesday, to the traditional sheva brachot festivities held during the week after the wedding at the home of the groom's parents in Tel Rumedia in the divided city.

Leibovitz apparently spotted the gunmen by the roadside. He managed to shout "terrorists," and draw his weapon, but he was then shot and mortally wounded. Nirya grabbed the wheel and saw the Dikstein family car coming in the opposite direction. He honked and honked in an attempt to get them to stop and avoid entering the gunmen's range. But Dikstein apparently did not get the message and carried on driving - with three of the passengers in the car meeting their deaths.

Hebron resident Orit Strok described Leibovitz as a "great guy, full of kindness and a joi d'vivre. A wholehearted idealist who volunteered for every mission."

He will buried today at the old Jewish cemetery in Hebron at noon. He is survived by his parents and nine siblings.