Between 2002 and 2013, at least 18 women and at least 15 men were killed with the firearms of private security firms stored in guards’ homes. After 11 consecutive years each of which witnessed one or more of these murders, 2014 was the first without a single murder in homes or families with a security guard’s off-duty gun.
GFKT apologizes for possible spelling mistakes in the English transliterations of victims’ names. These are collected from media reports and cannot be verified directly with victims’ family members.
Esther Fiegenbaum, murdered in 2002 at age 55, by her son, a security guard. GFKT has no further details.
Ilana Levy, murdered in January 2003 at age 44, by her ex-partner, a security guard, apparently following her decision to terminate the relationship. The murderer then committed suicide with the murder weapon.
Liora Bakshi, murdered in March 2003 at age 25, by her ex-husband who worked as a security guard at a municipal school. The police investigation revealed a tense relationship, indicating premeditated murder. After the murder, the murderer committed suicide with the murder weapon.
Taiku-Keren Hailo, murdered in Tel Aviv in April 2003 at age 26, by her boyfriend who was working as a security guard at the Ramat Aviv mall. Police records show that she was shot in her sleep and died of seven gun wounds. The shooter, her boyfriend had expected her to terminate their relationship. He survived a suicide attempt he made after the shooting. The court found him guilty of premeditated murder.
Anna (Ilana) Dashkevitz, killed in June 2003 at age 29, by her husband, a security guard. The Tel Aviv District Court found her shooter innocent of manslaughter, ruling that Dashkevitz fired a shot at herself inadvertently.
Varkanesh (Tajin) Abohai, age 52, and her son, Gideon Abohai, age 29, murdered in Afula in August 2004, along with the religious leader (Kess) Tesama Mologata. Varkanesh’s son and Gideon’s half-brother, a security guard in Afula, shot all three apparently due to difficult family relations, and attempted suicide with his gun. Additional people were injured in the shooting, including a neighbor’s son and the shooter’s brother. The shooter was charged with three murders and four attempted murders. GFKT has no further details.
Shelly Mikhalov, murdered in Migdal Ha’emek at age 33, by her husband, a security guard at a factory, after deciding to divorce him. According to court records, he shot at Shelly and her boyfriend after confronting them, but the boyfriend escaped. The shooter was charged with murder and attempted murder but found mentally unfit to stand trial.
Ariel Permut, killed in Eilat in November 2004 at age 24. Ariel, the shooter and a third flat-mate were all security guards. One evening, one of the three left his gun lying in the living room, where the shooter handled it and emitted the bullet that killed Ariel. The shooter was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, to an additional suspended sentence and to damages payable to Ariel’s parents. The flat-mate who held the gun was found guilty of negligent conduct with arms and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment in the form of community service and an additional suspended sentence.
Zaro Wablom, murdered in Jerusalem in January 2005 at age 24. Police records show that her partner, a security guard, shot her after learning she wished to terminate the relationship. The murderer then committed suicide with the murder weapon.
Yaakov Pradjeb, shot and killed in Tel Aviv in February 2006, by a woman security guard who brought the company gun to a party at a restaurant. After the party, an argument erupted between the guard and Pradjeb and she shot him in the forehead. The court found her guilty of manslaughter and sentenced her to 6 years imprisonment, 4.5 of them ??? [Galit, can you add the legal term here?]
Galina Paladiev, murdered in Dimona in February 2006 at age 54, by her partner, a security guard. Police records show that the shooter had threatened Paladiev after her announcement that she wished to terminate their relationship. She didn’t take the threats seriously. Following the murder, the murderer committed suicide with the murder weapon.
Two security guards whose names and personal details remain unpublished were murdered in Jerusalem in June 2007 by a co-worker, apparently due to a financial dispute. GFKT has no further details.
Bella Litrovnikov, age 53, her mother, Ginda Dvoikin, an 89 year old survivor of the Nazi holocaust, and Bella’s husband, Boris Litrovnikov, age 54, were murdered in Ramleh in April 2008. The shooter, Ginda’s grandson and Bella’s nephew, a security guard, shot all three of them during a psychotic paranoid attack. He was found mentally incapable of standing trial and has been hospitalized since.
Valery Gitleman, murdered in Petach Tikva in December 2006. The shooter was Valery’s co-worker. On the evening of the murder, the two of them met and had an argument. The shooter drew the gun he carried as a security guard in a bank and shot and killed Valery. After making sure that Valery was dead, he attempted to hide his involvement. The shooter was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment as well as damages payable to Valery’s mother and son.
Sammy Sasson Biton, murdered in Netivot in 2009 at age 45, by a security guard from Netivot. The shooter entered the beauty parlor where Sammy worked, an argument ensued and the guard shot Sammy and committed suicide with the murder weapon. Police believe that the shooter suspected Sammy and his wife of having an affair.
Victor Shvardin, killed in the Krayot area north of Haifa in January 2010, while on leave from his term of mandatory military duty. Victor and a close friend, a security guard, were celebrating together and playing with their firearms, both the military gun and the company gun. The guard fired a shot inadvertently and Victor was killed. The guard was found guilty of manslaughter in a plea bargain.
Tamar Lev, murdered in Arad in December 2010 at age 31, by her estranged and violent husband, a security guard, who followed her to verify whether she was seeing someone else. The court found him guilty of murder and sentenced him life imprisonment.
Ernesto Mendoza, murdered in Eilat in September 2010, by his wife, a security guard, who shot him in the course of an argument. The court found her guilty of manslaughter and sentenced her to 10 years imprisonment. Long years of domestic violence against her were considered an extenuating circumstance.
A woman from Kiryat Ata, aged 21, whose name remains unpublished, was found in March 2010, shot by the gun carried by her partner, a security guard. The woman left a suicide note.
A man whose name and personal details remain unpublished, was found in May 2011, shot by the gun he carried as a private security guard. He apparently committed suicide. GFKT has no further details.
David Shakargi, killed in Beer Sheva in November 2011 at age 24, by a youth with whom he had had a previous dispute about payment for a motorcycle. He was killed with the gun brought home by the youth’s older brother, a security guard. The court found the minor guilty of manslaughter and additional crimes and sentenced him to 8 years imprisonment.
Aviva (Abeba) Makash-Jambar, murdered in Kiryat Motzkin in December 2011 at age 45, by her ex-husband, a security guard. After the murder, the murderer committed suicide with the murder weapon.
A woman whose name remains unpublished was shot and killed in August 2011 at age 24, with the gun carried by her partner, a security guard, in circumstances which remain unclear.
Galina Begetz, age 31 and Roslan Sakharov, age 47, were murdered in Beer Sheva on December 6 2012, by Galina’s husband, a security guard. Court records show that Galina had left her house in the course of an argument. Her husband followed her, taking along his company gun, and when he found her in the beauty parlor where Roslan worked, he shot and killed the two of them.
A woman, from Rosh Ha’ayin, whose name is under a gag order, murdered at age 43, in March 2013, by her husband, a security guard at an educational institution. Reports on the shooting revealed a tense relationship leading the couple to file for divorce. During a heated argument in their car, with their 14 year old daughter in back, the murderer seized his wife by her hair, pushed his gun to her heard and fired two shots.
A woman from Moldova, whose name remains unpublished, was murdered in Ashkelon at age 45, in April 2013, by a security guard, the son of the elderly woman for whom she worked as caretaker. The shooter turned himself over to the police following the shooting. In March 2014, he committed suicide, at age 52, while awaiting trial in “Hashikma” prison.
Yossef (Suso) Dov, age 52, murdered on March 4 2013. Full details on the case remain unclear. According to media reports, the murderer, who was given a company gun just days earlier, stabbed his partner, Khatuella Koznitzov, to death in her sleep and then either stabbed or shot and killed her son, Alex Koznitzov. Several hours later, he shot his friend Yossef Dov. When called on to surrender himself to police, the murderer committed suicide with the murder weapon. Police believe that he murdered Khatuella due to her intention to terminate their relationship. His motives for murdering her son and Dov remain unknown.
Yamit Jorno, age 26, and her father Natan Jorno, age 56, murdered in July 2013 at Natan’s law office in Jerusalem, where both of them worked, by a client, a security guard, who had hired Atty. Natan Jorno to represent him in divorce proceedings and later disputed Jorno’s decisions. The shooter was found guilty of two murders.