The body of Shani Gabai, a Yokne'am resident who worked as a security guard at the Supernova music festival and whose whereabouts were unknown since October 7th, was identified on Wednesday after being found in Israel.
Shani was last heard from after she was shot in the leg by a Hamas terrorist and managed to report to her friends that she had a tourniquet, but after that, contact was cut off. She will be laid to rest on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Yokne'am Mayor Simon Alfasi eulogized Shani on the municipality's Facebook page: "Our Shani is no longer. Our heart is broken into pieces. We are crying and refusing to believe; we so much waited for a different ending. 47 days of hope have come to their end upon receiving the bitter announcement this morning of the murder of Shani on the Black Saturday."
He added: "My heart is with her dear parents Yaakov and Michal, her brother Aviel and sister Nitsan, who for seven weeks left no stone unturned and went to every place in the country and the world to find Shani, they battled and screamed to bring her home. Beloved Shani, only 26 years old, young, high-quality, and talented. An amazing daughter, sister, and friend.
The Hostages and Missing Families Forum stated: "The Hostages Forum bows its head. We send condolences to the Gabai family on the murder of Shani Gabai, a resident of Yokne'am, who had been classified as missing since October 7th from the party at Re'im."