June 29, 2015 - Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, of Kohav Hashahar, critically wounded in a drive-by shooting attack near Shilo on the Alon road on Monday night, succumbed to his wounds the following day.
Malachi Rosenfeld killed was returning home with three friends from a basketball game shortly before 11 pm on Monday night (June 29) when terrorists opened fire at the front of their car from short range. Rosenfeld, who was in the passenger seat, was critically injured and was pronounced dead at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem the following day. The three others were moderately to lightly wounded in the attack. The four friends were all members of the Kohav Hashahar basketball team which had finishing playing a game in Eli as part of the Binyamin Regional Council's league.
Malachi, the son of popular Israeli clarinetist Eliezer Rosenfeld, was a graduate of the Machon Lev technological yeshiva in Jerusalem, and was studying at the Hebrew University, where he was to have finished his bachelor's degree in philosophy, economics and business management next month, at the top of the dean's list.
Malachi's older brother Yitzhak, an Israeli Air Force pilot, died in 2002 after getting caught in a flash flood at the Tze'elim stream in the Judean desert. After his death, Malachi took the big brother role upon himself. Malachi wanted to follow in the footsteps of his brother and serve as a pilot, but when he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, exempting him from army service, he volunteered for army service in the technology unit of the Intelligence Corps.
His cousin Ariel Bar Asher said, "Malachi was very much like his brother who died, both externally and internally. He had a good soul, friendly, pleasant, a genius and brilliant... He took charge of the family after his brother was killed." His father Eliezer described his son as "an exceptional child, very clever, rationalist, genius and sensitive... he was always victorious and was the king of the world."
Malachi Rosenfeld was buried in Kohar Hashahar. He is survived by his parents, Eliezer and Sarah, and seven siblings.