A Florida teenager wounded in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last month died Sunday of organ failure, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Daniel Wultz, 16, of Weston, Fla., is to be flown home Monday for burial, said Yael Tzuberi, a spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv Medical Center where he was hospitalized.
Wultz and his father, Tuly, were having lunch at a Tel Aviv restaurant on April 17 when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated about 10 pounds of explosives. Eleven people including Wultz were killed. His father was wounded but survived.
Daniel’s fight to live had stirred emotions in South Florida. Thirty-one of his schoolmates flew to Israel earlier this month for a special prayer service.
Tuly Wultz, who suffered a leg wound in the attack, said at the service that he and Daniel had managed to exchange a few words right after the blast, despite the severity of his son’s wounds.
“I held his hand and told him I loved him. He said he loved me,” Tuly Wultz said.
Rabbi Yisroel Spalter, of Chabad Lubavitch of Weston, has known the family for nine years. He said a memorial service would be held Tuesday among the family’s religious community.
“This is just total shock,” Spalter said Sunday. “We’re all so broken. Our hearts go out to the family. We’ll have to do something to remember Daniel. He’ll be remembered by all of us in a fond way.”
He said Daniel recently had become engrossed in Judaism.
“He was a very, very spiritual boy. He was a very strong believer in God, in Judaism, and for the last year and a half had become fully observant ... He used to ask me many questions of how to live as a Jew. He just ate it up.”
Critically injured after the bombing, Daniel endured operations to remove his spleen and a kidney, while also battling a serious leg wound.
Meanwhile, a special fund was established in his name, and a request for prayers went out over the Internet.
“It’s a disaster, a terrible tragedy,” Spalter said. “I can’t think of Saturday services without him.”