Elder Child of Chabad Mumbai Attack Victims Dies of Long-term Illness

Dov, son of Chabad Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, had been struggling with a genetic illness since birth.

Another tragedy befell the family of Mumbai attack victims Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg on Tuesday, as long-term illness claimed the life of the couple's 4-year-old son.

Dov Holtzberg, the brother of Moshe who was saved from the terrorist attack in Mumbai last month by his Indian nanny, had been struggling with a genetic illness since birth.

Over the past few years, while his parents and younger brother resided in the Chabad House in Mumbai, Dov had been hospitalized at a nursing institution in Israel under the care of his grandparents.

His body will be laid to rest later on Tuesday in Jerusalem, next to his parents and his older brother Menachem, who died from the same genetic illness.

Moshe is the only Holzberg son not to be born with the illness. He currently lives with his grandparents in Afula, along with Sandra Samuel, the Indian nanny who saved his life by rescuing him from the besieged Chabad House in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, a mass commemoration rally is slated to take place Wednesday in Jerusalem to mark 30 days since the deadly attacks in Mumbai transpired.

The Chabad House was one of several places captured by suspected Islamic gunmen in the November 26-29 attacks. A commando assault ended the two-day siege, but all six people inside the building, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, were killed.