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Grad Victim Spoke to His Wife Moments Before Being Hit

Yossi Shushan, who died in a Grad missile attack on Saturday night, spoke to his wife, Lilach, just moments before the missile hit.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/24/2011, 2:05 AM

Grad Katyusha impact site, Beersheva
Grad Katyusha impact site, Beersheva
Hatzolah Rescue Service

Lilach Shushan, wife of Yossi Shushan who was killed on Saturday night after being hit by a Grad missile in Be’er Sheva, recalled Tuesday her last telephone conversation with her husband, moments before he was hit.

“I talked to him when the siren sounded, he was in the car,” Lilach, who is nine months pregnant, told Channel 10 News. “He told me he was going for cover and that he will come to pick me up in a few minutes. He did the right thing, and he was hurt.”

Thirty-eight-year-old Yossi Shushan, who was a fitness trainer for youth at risk, was laid to rest at the cemetery in Ofakim on Sunday. Hundreds came to pay their last respects.

Lilach was brought into the funeral on a stretcher and was closely monitored by a team of paramedics. She fainted during the funeral and received medical treatment by the paramedics.

“I am on my own now,” she said Tuesday. “Who will be next to me when I give birth to our first son and who will take our daughter to school when she enters first grade? My world has been destroyed.”

The Shushans, parents to daughters Lihi and Elior, were eagerly expecting the birth of their first son.

Yossi Shushan had spent the Sabbath in Ofakim with his father and became worried about his wife after hearing the air raid sirens. He decided to travel to Be’er Sheva to be with her.  He did not make it into the house she was in before the rocket hit.