Banki and five others were rushed to hospitals across Yerushalayim after they were stabbed by Yishai Schlissel, a radical who was only recently released from prison after having served 10 years for a similar attack in 2005.
Banki suffered critical injuries to her upper torso and was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, where she was placed on life support as doctors fought for her life. After three days, however, she succumbed to her wounds. Her family has decided to donate her organs.
“Shir-Shironet, the intelligent, beautiful, pleasant, curious, musical girl. The girl who bloomed like a beautiful flower, when the last year was the height of everything,” Shira’s parents, Uri and Mika, said in their eulogy.
“Many times we received bundles of compliments from those who saw and heard Shira. Not a week went by without a compliment from someone about our firstborn, and we would return from every teacher-parent conference with two kilos worth of pleasure. And all of this innocence, beauty, happiness and goodness fell on the altar of hatred, wretchedness, cruelty, negligence and stupidity,” the parents said.