The father of an Israeli-American festival-goer tracked his daughter’s iPhone to find out how and where she met her gruesome death at the hands of Hamas gunmen.
Danielle Waldman, 24, and her boyfriend Noam Shai, who met in the army and planned to marry, disappeared days after the horrific attacks at the Israeli Supernova music festival.
Her anxious father, Eyal Waldman, remained hopeful that his young daughter had only been held captive by the terrorist group and had not been killed. On Wednesday, he received the sad news that she and her boyfriend were among 260 other innocent festival-goers killed by the terrorists.
Danielle’s father, founder of Mellanox, an Israeli-American supplier of computer networking products, used “Find My iPhone” to track his daughter’s devices after learning of her death.
He discovered her wrecked car where it had been stuck after Danielle and her boyfriend and several other festival-goers tried to escape the horrific Hamas attacks.
Danielle Waldman, 24, and her boyfriend Noam Shai went missing in the days following the horrific attacks at Israeli music festival Supernova and their deaths were tragically confirmed on Wednesday.
Eyal Waldman. who is the founder of Mellanox – an Israeli-American supplier of computer networking products, used “Find My iPhone” to track his daughter’s devices after learning of her death
Danielle’s father, Eyal Waldman, discovered her wrecked car where it was stuck after Danielle and her boyfriend and several other festival-goers attempted to escape the horrific Hamas attacks.
Danielle and her boyfriend were among 260 other innocent festival-goers killed by the terrorists.
As Hamas’ devastating attacks continue, an Israeli soldier walks past a house destroyed by Hamas in Kibbutz Beeri, Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
Eyal Waldman spoke with CNN about the death of his 24-year-old daughter, murdered alongside her six-year-old boyfriend at the Nova Festival during the Hamas attacks.
After tracking his daughter’s iPhone and Apple Watch, he drove south with his friend, where they found the car his daughter was in as she tried to escape from the group terrorist.
They found that her daughter and her boyfriend and a few others had tried to flee the attacks in a white Toyota sedan, but were allegedly cornered by terrorists and executed with AK assault rifles.
Waldman said: “I saw exactly how she was murdered from two directions by at least three to five people who had attacked her.
“Based on the shells we found, there were at least three guns firing at the car.”
Waldman spoke to i24NEWS – an Israeli news channel – about her daughter: “Danielle was born in California, United States. She was the happiest child ever and everyone truly loved her.
“She loved everyone.”
“Noam grew up here in Israel and is a real man. They met in the military and planned to spend their entire lives together.
He said: “Danielle went to the Peace and Love Festival in the Southern District of Israel. They went with thousands of children to celebrate life, to celebrate love.
On Saturday morning, they were attacked, murdered, massacred, raped and burned by Islamic Jihad, by Hamas and by civilians from Gaza who entered Israel and entered more than 24 villages and towns in the Southern District of Israel .
Waldman shared that his daughter told him she was planning to marry her longtime boyfriend and that the couple had just moved into an apartment together.
The number of Americans killed by Hamas terrorists in Israel has now reached at least 27, National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby revealed Thursday.
Oriya Ricardo, 26, was shot dead Saturday at the Supernova festival along with more than 250 others.
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The death toll among Israelis, Palestinians and Americans continues to rise five days after Hamas’ attack on the Jewish state.
But Kirby said there were currently only a “handful” of Americans being held hostage in Gaza.
Arriving Thursday morning in Tel Aviv, Israel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed that at least 25 Americans had been killed in Hamas attacks.
Later that day, Kirby confirmed the deaths of two more people at the White House press conference.
Among the Americans killed was Oriya Ricardo, 26, who was gunned down Saturday at the Supernova festival along with more than 250 others. His body was identified yesterday, after an agonizing three-day wait for his family.
His mother, Hannie, who resides in New York, appeared on MSNBC last night to pay tribute to him.
“It’s quite difficult to talk about her. She was like her name, light, she brought light wherever she came.
“A very happy girl, who loved to party, was always at the center of everything. She was the source of power in my life.
Daniel Ben Senior (left), 34, was working at the Nova festival on Saturday when Hamas militants attacked. Natalie Ranaan (right) was visiting family for the summer holidays with her mother, Judith, when the attack began on Saturday. Since then, relatives have had no news from either woman.
Adrienne Neta (right), 66, is also missing. She is a nurse and midwife and moved to Israel from California in 1981. Judith Raanan (left) was also taken hostage with her daughter. Their family in Illinois has not heard from them since Saturday
Among the Americans still missing are Natalie Raanan, 18, a Chicago high school graduate, and her mother, as well as Daniel Ben Senior, 34, whose father says she was working at the Nova music festival when Hamas terrorists struck.
Hersh Polin-Goldberg, 23, is another American currently held captive by Hamas. His mother said his arm was “ripped off” from the elbow down.
The State Department has not yet confirmed the number of Americans missing in the conflict.