Steve Averbach, known by his friends as Steve 'Guns,' was buried Monday
afternoon after succumbing to wounds suffered in a 2003 Palestinian suicide
bombing. Averbach, 44, died in his sleep on Thursday.
The morning bombing
was carried out on a Line 6 accordion-stretch-bus at French Hill, in Jerusalem.
The bomber was dressed as a religious Jew and donned a kippa and talit. While
seven people were initially killed in the blast, friends say Averbach may have
saved many passengers who survived the attack.
Phillip Kaiser, who flew in
from the US with his wife Miranda to attend the funeral, said that
a police officer identified the bomber and took action.
"He was found in
the bus with his weapon in his hand and told those who found him to be
as the safety was off. They think he was responsible for the terrorist
himself up prematurely, that the terrorist's objective was to wait for
people and then detonate in the middle of the bus, but that because
up and took action the terrorist blew himself up earlier then planned."
made aliyah by himself while in his teens and served in the Golani
later worked for he Defense Ministry and the Israel Police before became
shooting instructor at Krav in Talpiot, Jerusalem
The bombing left
Averbach paralyzed from the neck down and in need of constant care. He
in and out of the hospital over the years since the attack. He is
his four sons and wife, Julie.