Tamir Avihay, Michael Ledigin, Moti Ashkenazi named as victims of Ariel terror attack

Three people were killed and three others were wounded in the stabbing and ramming attack in Ariel on Tuesday.

 Tamir Avihay, Michael Ledigin and Moti Ashkenazi, the victims of the Ariel terror attack. (photo credit: COURTESY OF THE FAMILY)
Tamir Avihay, Michael Ledigin and Moti Ashkenazi, the victims of the Ariel terror attack.
(photo credit: COURTESY OF THE FAMILY)

Tamir Avihay, 50, from Kiryat Netafim, Michael Ledigin, 36, from Bat Yam, and Moti Ashkenazi, 59, from Yavne were named as two of the three victims in the Ariel terror attack on Tuesday. 

Avihay was a father to six children ranging from the age of 12 to 29, he had five daughters and one son.

"Our father was a joyful man," said Avihay's daughters Liron and Shirel, adding that they are grateful to the soldier who shot the terrorist.

"It is a difficult moment for all of us," said Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan. "Three people were murdered and three were injured. We are hugging the family, and Kiryat Netafim in these hard times. Tamir was a man full of light and kindness, with a will to help others, a man of grace and a full-hearted Zionist. Everyone who knew him loved him.

"We are shocked and in pain to announce the death of our friend, Tamir Avihay," said the Kiryat Netafim council. "Tamir was murdered by a despicable terrorist on road 5. we send a warm hug to the family and to Tamir's children. Kiryat Netafim community will do all in its power to help the family."

Kiryat Netafim's community leader, Avi Baruch has said that "Tamir was always an inseparable part of Kiryat Netafim, and the entire village is in grief and pain. We hug the whole family in this difficult time, and stand with it with whatever it'll take.

 The aftermath of the car accident on road 5 after the stabbing attack, 15 November, 2022. (credit: MDA OPERATIONAL COVERAGE) The aftermath of the car accident on road 5 after the stabbing attack, 15 November, 2022. (credit: MDA OPERATIONAL COVERAGE)

Avihay was laid to rest on Tuesday evening in the Barkan cemetery.

"Why didn't you say goodbye?" asked his daughter Shahar. "I was your best friend. You never left without saying goodbye. How could they take my best friend? I cannot live without you."

"Promise that you'll watch over us from up there," she added. "I promise to look after my siblings."

Michael Ledigin was a new oleh

Ledigin made aliyah five years ago and some of his family still lives in Russia. He was the father of two kids aged seven and 12.

"I'm in shock, I still cannot believe he's gone," his wife told Kan. 

"We embrace Michael's family, who immigrated to Israel five years ago for Zionism. We are ready to give his wife and two children full support also through the education system," said Bat Yam mayor Zvika Brot. "Bat Yam is mourning and hurting over the death of its resident who was killed this morning by sons of iniquity in the Ariel attack. We are supporting the family and helping them in these difficult hours."

Moti Ashkenazi, father of three

Ashkenazi was a father of three and grandfather of two from Yavne. "Motti was a loving person full of joy for life, an exemplary husband and a family man with a huge soul who always loved to help everyone," said his family. "He loved life and used every moment to wrap his family in warmth and love. This is a great loss for all of us and everyone who knew him."

The Yavne municipality stated that "with great sorrow we were informed today of the death of the city's resident, the late Moti (Mordechai) Ashkenazi, who was murdered in cold blood by a despicable terrorist in an attack in the industrial area of ​​Ariel. We share in the family's grief and stand by them for whatever they need. On behalf of the residents of the city, we are all supporting them in this difficult time."