Itzik and Gilat Kolangi were on their first holiday since their daughter, Noya, was born four months ago. Itzik was born and raised in Petach Tikva, and his family members say he was full of the joy of life and always ready to help others out. Itzik was killed by the terrorist bomb.
Itzik and Gilat had gone on holiday with another couple, their good friends Amir and Natali Menashe. Amir, too, was killed. Members of Amir's family spoke with Natali, who said that the men were placing the bags in the luggage compartment when the bomb went off.
Amir married Natali 18 months ago. Ten months ago, a son was born to them – Rom. "They had waited for this trip, to go with their good friends," Amir's brother said. "The last time I spoke with him was when he was at the Duty Free stores. Amir was a good fellow, he liked life and liked to party."
Kochava Shriki of Rishon LeTzion had become pregnant after years of fertility treatments and was expecting her first child at age 44. She wanted to take advantage of the holiday she went on with her husband, Yitzchak, for some rest. Five minutes before the flight, she spoke with her sister, Yael Morad, and told her she was pregnant. She said she and her husband were very happy.