Lotan Abir Wiki – Lotan Abir Biography
Lotan Abir, who was new to the Beehive State, was one of more than 260 music festival revelers who were massacred by Hamas fighters at a rave on Saturday, Rabbi Avremi Zippel told the Salt Lake Tribune. Abir was with some friends from Utah’s Jewish community when the horrific attack began. While two friends managed to escape the gunfire, Abir disappeared, Zippel told the newspaper. Authorities confirmed his death on Sunday. “He was the kind of person you would want to call a friend,” Zippel said. “Finally, he gave his life for the good of our people at a rave while he celebrated some of the greatest passions of his life. …Just a kind, sweet, fun-loving, innocent soul who was massacred by a terrorist.”
Lotan Abir was 24 years old.
Cause of Death
He first moved to Utah in late 2022 after finishing military service in Israel, but returned to the Jewish state this summer to attend some events, Zippel reportedly said. At least 14 Americans are confirmed to have been killed in the Hamas surprise attack, while more than 1,000 Israelis were killed. The other two friends at the festival told Abir’s friend Elad Ogorek, who also lives in Utah, that neither of them heard from Abir after they fled. “We knew it was going to be bad news; We didn’t know what kind of bad news it was going to be,” Ogorek said. “In fact, we said to ourselves and asked ourselves: ‘What is better: being kidnapped in Gaza or just dying?'” Other American victims identified so far include Hayim Katsman, 32, an Israeli American citizen from Seattle, and Debbie Mathias, 50, an Israeli American born in Missouri. Ogorek told the Salt Lake Tribune that his friend will be remembered for having a good heart and always being willing to lend a hand. “He died doing something we all like to do: dance and enjoy our freedom,” Ogorek said.