Death Toll in Tel Aviv Terror Attack Rises to Three

28-year-old Tomer Morad and 27-year-old Eytam Magini from the city of Kfar Saba were killed in Thursday night's shooting on Dizengoff Street ■ Barak Lufan, 35, succumbed to his wound on Friday

Victims of Tel Aviv terror attack Barak Lufan, Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini
Victims of Tel Aviv terror attack Barak Lufan, Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini

Three Israelis were killed Thursday night in a shooting attack along Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Street, the fourth terror attack in two weeks.

Two succumbed to their wounds on Thursday and the third died at the hospital on Friday.

The first two victims were identified as Tomer Morad, 28, and Eytam Magini, 27, who were childhood friends from the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba living in Tel Aviv.

Tomer Morad (right) and Eytam Magini

On Friday, Ichilov Hospital announced the death of Barak Lufan, 35, who was critically wounded in the attack.

Morad was a fourth-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering at Tel Aviv University. He had recently started working at a new job.

Magini was engaged to his partner, Ayala, and worked as a software developer. He was a third-year undergraduate student in neuroscience, computer science and psychology at Tel Aviv University.

Lufan, a resident of the Tel Aviv suburb of Givat Shmuel, leaves behind a wife and three children. He kayaked competitively and won a bronze medal in the European championships, and in past years trained Paralympic athletes.

Barak Lufan, 35, succumbed to his wounds on Friday.

Lufan grew up in Kibbutz Ginosar, and had been at a get-together for former members of the kibbutz at the bar that was targeted in the attack.

All three men will be buried on Sunday. The funerals of Morad and Magini will be held at the Pardes Hahayim cemetery in Kfar Sava. Lufan’s funeral will be at the cemetery of Kibbutz Ginosar.

A friend of Morad and Magini, Avi Benvenisti, said "We knew that if after 45 minutes we didn't get a response from them, that it was them. If they could have, they would have been in contact."

"Even if they were missing a hand they would have sent a message saying they were fine," he said. "Ultimately, you get no answer for two or three hours and you put two and two together."

According to another friend, Gil, the two had arrived to the bar to celebrate another friend's birthday. "They were wonderful people, truly. Full of ideas, mindful." He added, "They were truly the salt of the earth."

The following morning, dozens of civilians arrived at the scene of the attack on Dizengoff Street, lighting candles and leaving bouquets of flowers.

In a statement to the media Friday morning, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “ Earlier this morning, I spoke with Tomer’s father, who told me – in his terrible pain – about his son. Tomer, Eytam and the others who have been murdered in this wave of terrorism, are the beautiful faces of this country.”

Tel Aviv University, where Morad and Magini were students, said in a written statement that “the TAU community sends its condolences to the grieving families and shares in the sorrow of Tomer and Eytam’s faculty and classmates who have lost beloved students and friends.” TAU Rector Prof. Mark Shtaif said: “We at TAU bow our heads at this moment and share in the grief of the Magini and Morad families. We lost two of our dear students yesterday and our pain runs deep. We will work together to move forward in the wake of this horrific tragedy, with hope for better days.”

The Kfar Saba municipality stated that it "bows its head in great pain and shares in the heavy grief of the families of those killed in yesterday's attack in Tel Aviv."

"The entire city of Kfar Saba embraces the families and sends support to the wounded," the city statement read.

According to the municipality, the families of Morad and Magini have been offered social services since the time of the attack, including attending social workers.

The Morad and Magini family homes are located close to one another, and Gil said that mourners are dividing their time between the two houses.

“It is a terrible morning, tragic,” the executive director of the Israel Olympic Committee, Gili Lustig, said Friday. He described Lufan as a skilled kayaker from the Jordan Valley who particularly excelled in the 200-meter race, which was not an Olympic event during the years Lufan competed. “We marked him out for coaching in the future,” Lustig said, adding, “He was the salt of the earth. A charming, handsome boy.”

On Thursday night, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on patrons at Ilka bar on Tel Aviv's busy Dizengoff Street and managed to escape.

After an overnight manhunt that lasted about eight and a half hours, the assailant, 28-year-old Raad Hazem, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, was found hiding near a mosque in Jaffa and was shot dead by security forces.

Ten were injured in the attack and were evacuated to Ichilov, Wolfson and Sheba hospitals.

Six people are still hospitalized in the wake of the attack. Four are in moderate condition, and two are in good condition.

The scene of the shooting attack in Tel Aviv, on Thursday.Credit: Hadas Parush

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