Rabbi Avremi Zippel confirmed the death of Lotan Abir to ABC4 and on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter).
Zippel said Abir was a member of the Young Jewish Professional Utah community and he had been living in Utah for nine months. Abir was in Israel to attend a rave with a group of friends, some of whom were also from Utah on Friday night. Abir was confirmed to have been killed in the fighting. His friends were able to survive.
“May his memory be for a blessing and May God avenge his blood,” wrote Zippel on X.
Israel has been the center of several attacks from the militant group, Hamas, since Saturday. In the days since the initial attack, over 1,600 have been killed in gunfights and rocket barrages throughout the area.
Zippel told ABC4 Abir’s family currently lives in Israel. A funeral will be held at 9 a.m., Israel time.
U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney had the following to say about the death of Abir.
The horrific, inhumane, and depraved terrorist acts perpetrated by Hamas against Israelis have touched everyone around the world. Today, news of the loss of one of our own from Utah further tears at our collective heart. I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lotan Abir—may he rest in peace.
I continue to pray for the safe return of hostages, for the Israeli soldiers and first responders in harm’s way, and for the families of the victims of Hamas’ brutality. I condemn these unprovoked atrocities in the strongest possible terms and wholeheartedly stand with Israel, with the Jewish people, and our Jewish community in Utah.Sen. Mitt Romney, 10/10/23