In Loving Memory — נר זכרון
On July 26, 2001, 17-year-old Ronen Landau הי״ד, (March 13, 1984—July 26, 2001), of Jerusalem, Israel, was shot and killed by terrorists while driving home from a movie theater with his father and best friend. Ronen and his friend had gone to see a movie downtown. Rather than worry about how he would get home safely, his father decided he would pick up his son. On the return trip, just 2 miles from home, terrorists opened fire on their car. Ronen, who sustained a single gunshot wound, managed to say to his father, "I've been hit," but died shortly afterwards. His father and best friend were treated for shock at the scene.
Eyewitness Dekel Cohen said that he heard gunshots and saw the car swerve onto the sidewalk, "People took someone out and started to treat him. Then an ambulance came," he said. Mr Cohen said he heard more gunshots a few seconds later.
Ronen was the second of three sons in the Landau family. At the time of the shooting, his father, Shmuel, worked in an electronics plant in Jerusalem. His mother, Michal, was a teacher at the ORT Ramot High School, which Ronen also attended. The school took a break from summer vacation to open its doors for the dozens of grieving pupils who came to mourn Ronen and pay him tribute.
Ronen was to have entered 12th grade in September. He was good at computer science and biology and was considered one of the top pupils in his class. Ronen loved animals, and left behind two Siberian huskies—Snow and Icy.
Ronen Landau was buried in Jerusalem. He is survived by his father Shmuel, who is the child of Holocaust survivors; his mother Michal, who's family has lived in Jerusalem for countless generations; an older brother, Elad, who was a tank commander at the time of the shooting; and a younger brother, Yogev, who suffers from Autism.