Earlier this month on Oct. 7, Israeli civilians were attacked by Hamas terrorists, including those who were attending a music festival.
During the attack, 1,400 people were killed and many others were taken hostage by Hamas, reported Reuters.
Shani Louk, a 23-year-old German Israeli festivalgoer, was believed to have been captured by Hamas. A video released by Hamas, shortly after the attack, showed a woman lying on her face in the back of a truck. Louk’s aunt, Ruthi Louk, identified the woman as Shani Louk by her dreaded hair and tattoos.
Is Shani Louk dead?
From circulated videos, it was originally believed that Louk survived the ordeal and was taken hostage by Hamas, reported The Wall Street Journal.
After more investigation, Louk’s death was verified by Israel’s National Center of Forensic Medicine, reported the Journal.
The Israel Foreign Ministry confirmed her death on Monday in an X post, formerly known as Twitter.
“We are devastated to share that the death of 23-year-old German-Israeli Shani Louk was confirmed,” wrote the ministry.
When was Shani Louk killed?
It is believed that Louk was killed at the time of the attack on Oct. 7, per The New York Times.
Louk’s aunt, Ruthi Louk, said that a relief organization called ZAKA found and identified a fragment of Shani Louk’s skull at the scene of the attack, reported the Times. The skull piece indicated an injury that Louk couldn’t have survived at the time of the attack.
“Maybe there can be comfort by the thought she died fast,” her aunt said on Israeli radio, per the Times.