‘My Heart Is Crumbling Into Little Pieces,’ Says Young Widow at Funeral of ‘Hero’ Police Officer Slain by Palestinian Terrorist on Shooting Rampage
The wife of the police officer murdered on Sunday by the Palestinian terrorist he was trying to neutralize said her “heart is crumbling into little pieces,” the Hebrew news site nrg reported from Yosef Kirma’s funeral at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem a few hours after the mass shooting attack.
In her eulogy, Noy Kirma, whose husband had been awarded a medal of honor last December for thwarting a Palestinian stabbing attack on kindergarten kids, continued: “How many plans we had — for a home and children. You loved me more than I love myself.”
“You were my shoulder to lean on…” said the young widow, who had been married to the Israeli hero for only six months before his life was cut short. “You were loved by all. You were number one in their eyes. Number one in my eyes. I don’t know how the world will turn without you…You will be in my heart until the day I die.”
Kirma’s father, Uzi, vowed to his dead son that he would protect and support his daughter-in-law, whom he said he considers a child of his own. “Yossi, I love you. People here know what a good soul you were…Rest in peace. It’s impossible to go on without you.”
As was reported in The Algemeiner, Kirma, 29, was one of two Israelis slain by the 40-year-old terrorist from the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem. The other was 60-year-old Lavana Malihi, who – like Kirma – died of the gunshot wounds she sustained in the attack after she was evacuated to the Hadassah Medical Center, with the other victims of the shooting spree near police headquarters in northern Jerusalem.
Malihi was a pensioner who had worked for more than 30 years in the Knesset, first in its cafeteria and then in housekeeping. According to nrg, she was remembered fondly by all as a devoted and caring person and employee. Even after retiring in 2010, the report said, she remained in touch with coworkers and participated in various Knesset events. She is survived by a husband, three daughters and six grandchildren.
Her funeral, which was held on Sunday evening, was not open to the press at the request of the family.
“We are mourning and in pain.” Malihi’s nephew said. “We are trying to absorb this bitter news. We send condolences to the family of the other person murdered and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.”
Kirma’s funeral was attended by members of the top police brass and politicians, including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.
This was the latest attack in the ongoing “lone-wolf” intifada against Israelis that began a year ago in September. Erdan, who also serves as Minister of Strategic Affairs and Information, has been on a campaign against Palestinian incitement on social media.
As The Algemeiner reported, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction took to Facebook in the aftermath of Sunday’s bloody drive-by shooting spree and lauded its perpetrator, calling him a “martyr” for Allah.