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Death Stalks Family

Crash injuries claim brother of woman slain in LAX shooting.

by Tom Tugend

December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

A local American Israeli family, which lost a daughter in an airport shooting rampage last July 4, is in renewed mourning for a son who died Nov. 26 following a car accident.

Nimrod Hen, the 18-year-old victim, was the brother of Victoria "Vicky" Hen, 25. She was one of two people shot and killed by an Egyptian-born gunman while working at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport.

Avinoam and Rachel Hen, the parents of Vicky and Nimrod, and a surviving third child, Udi, were reported in deep mourning and unwilling to speak publicly.

"What can I tell you except that it's a terrible tragedy?" Joseph Knoller, a family spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times.

Nimrod Hen died of injuries sustained in a Nov. 16 accident, in which he apparently swerved to avoid a car coming out of a Chatsworth mall parking lot and crashed into two parked cars and a fire hydrant.

He resided with his parents and graduated in June from Chatsworth High School. He was described by school officials as a popular and outgoing student.

Vicky Hen, the oldest of the three children, had been working at the El Al ticket counter for less than two months when she was slain by Hesham Mohammed Hadayet, who in turn was killed immediately by El Al security guards.

The FBI has not issued a final report in the case, to the frustration of Hen's family and Israeli officials, who view the shooting as an act of terrorism.

The Hen family, whose roots in the historical Israeli city of Safed go back 700 years, immigrated in 1990 to California, where the father built up a automobile parts supply business in Canoga Park.

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