Chaos erupted in the streets of Israel on Thursday night as an armed attacker opened fire on a crowd gathered at a local bar in Tel Aviv. The brazen attack at Ilka bar on Dizengoff Street seriously wounded a large number of patrons, including two people who were killed instantly.
Unfortunately, according to The Times of Israel, another one of the victims who was wounded by the Palestinian terrorist who opened fire on the crowd reportedly succumbed to his grave wounds on Friday morning. The victim was Barak Lufan, a 35-year-old father of three, and a well-known Paralympics and Olympic kayaking team coach.
“Our beloved Barak, the grandson of the founders of Kibbutz Ginosar, an exemplary husband and father, an athlete with every fiber of his being, a member of the Olympic kayaking team staff, and an educator of the future generation in the field, has left us prematurely,” Lufan’s family wrote in a touching statement.
“The entire nation of Israel shares the family’s heavy grief,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement on Lufan’s death.
When a terrorist takes a life, they destroy an entire family.
This is Barak Lufan, one of the Israeli victims from the Palestinian terror attack in Tel Aviv last week, with his wife and 3 beautiful small children.
May Barak’s memory always be a blessing! pic.twitter.com/YkxSTyC8PR
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) April 10, 2022
The two other fatalities in the deadly terrorist attack were two friends, both aged 27. One of them was making final preparations to get married.
“Yesterday we got the news that there was a terror attack and Ayala knew he was in a pub. She called him and he did not answer. I also called and he did not answer,” the mother of the man’s fiance said.
The terrorist, 28-year-old Jenin resident Ra’ad Hazem, was quickly hunted down and executed by Israeli Security Forces overnight into Friday after a massive manhunt was conducted.
A number of social media users posted tributes to those who died as a result of the cowardly act.