My name is Alon Govberg.
I am 51 years old.
I live in the Jerusalem neighborhood of East Talpiot, also known as Armon Hanatziv. I made Aliyah from Baku, Azerbaijan 20 years ago. I work as a security guard for the Andalus Orchestra, and I take care of my aging mother, and only relative in Israel, who is very ill.
I tend to keep to myself, but I find happiness from being a part of the Jewish community, and I take comfort in knowing that I am part of something greater than myself. In my former homeland, Jews make up less than one percent of the population, but in my Jewish homeland I am part of a diverse and thriving future for the Jewish people.
On the morning of October 27, 2015, I boarded Egged bus No. 78 near my home in Jerusalem. Palestinian terrorists and Hamas supporters, Bilal Abu-Ghanem, 23 years old, and Bahaa Mohammad Alian, 22 years old, from East Jerusalem, boarded the bus after me. Abu-Ghanem immediately began to argue with the bus driver over paying the fare. And not long after they sat down, they began to randomly stab and shoot the passengers on the crowded bus with a 20-inch blade and firearm they had hidden beneath their clothing. When the terrorists ran out of ammunition - and the bloody blade of their knife broke - they began to strangle those who remained trapped on board as the bus doors had been locked.
Alian was shot and killed, while Abu-Ghanem was overpowered and arrested by responding security forces. After being shot and stabbed multiple times, I was rushed to the hospital where I succumbed to my injuries. Two other passengers were murdered, and 20 people were injured in the attack.
Despite having no family in Israel, hundreds of Israelis traveled to the Givat Shaul cemetery to attend my funeral, to mourn my murder, and to comfort my heart-broken mother.
My name is Alon Govberg. I am 51 years old. And I am one of The Fallen Faces.
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