Victim of Jerusalem Shooting Attack, South African Immigrant, Laid to Rest

Eliyahu David Kay, who worked as a guide at the Western Wall, was shot dead by a Hamas gunman in Jerusalem on Sunday

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Mourners at Eliyahu David Kay's funeral in Jerusalem, on Monday.
Mourners at Eliyahu David Kay's funeral in Jerusalem, on Monday.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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The 25-year-old victim of a Jerusalem shooting attack was laid to rest in the city on Monday.

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Eliyahu David Kay, an immigrant from South Africa who lived in Modi'in, was killed by a Hamas gunman who opened fire on passersby in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday.

Kay served in the military's Paratroopers Brigade and was employed by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. According to the foundation, he worked as a guide at the Western Wall.

Eliyahu David Kay.Credit: Facebook profile

A friend of Kay's eulogized him at the funeral, saying: "I fought with Eli for my life, for my mental and physical health. He was a guy who didn't say 'no' to anything. He healed from wounds miraculously, and above all – he loved people."

Four people were wounded in the shooting that killed Eliyahu, with one hospitalized in serious condition. The shooting was the first fatal attack in the Old City since March of 2018. Authorities named the assailant as 42-year-old Fadi Abu Shkhaidem from East Jerusalem. The attacker used an automatic weapon to shoot at civilians at short range before he was shot dead by security forces.

In a statement following Kay's death on Sunday, the South African Board of Jewish Deputies said it was “devastated” by the news. “The South African Jewish community is reeling from shock,” the statement said. “Our heartfelt condolences go to his parents Avi and Devora Kay, his fiancée and his family and friends in Israel and South Africa.  May his memory be a blessing.  Baruch Dayan Emet.” 

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