Photo by Courtesy the family on 10 April, 2023

Leah Dee Dies of Injuries From Terror Attack

By Pesach Benson • 10 April, 2023

Jerusalem, 10 April, 2023 (TPS) -- Leah Dee died of injuries from a drive-by shooting, the Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Kerem announced on Monday.

The 48-year-old British-Israeli national was the third fatality from a Palestinian drive-by shooting in the northern Jordan Valley on Friday. Also killed in the attack were two daughters, Maya and Rina, ages 20 and 16 respectively.

The sisters were laid to rest on Sunday.

The car was found riddled with bullet holes near the Hamra Junction. Leah, who was driving, lost control of the car and crashed into another vehicle. Investigators found 22 bullet casings at the scene. The girls’ father, Rabbi Leo Dee, was driving ahead in a separate car with two other children. The rabbi turned his car around and returned to the scene when he heard about the attack.

The family moved to Israel from London nine years ago, where her husband, Rabbi Leo Dee, had worked in synagogues.

Leah taught English at Efrat’s Yeshivat B’nai Akiva Orot Yehuda School.

Rachel Schwartz, a resident of Efrat, told the Tazpit Press Service on Sunday she got to know Leah during their time at Milabev, a daycare facility for seniors with dementia and Alzheimers in nearby Alon Shvut. Schwartz, a therapist at the facility, recalled that Dee was a volunteer at the center for a year until the COVID pandemic.

“There isn’t a nicer kinder family. An amazing and incredible mother who would do anything for her children,” Schwartz told TPS. “Anyone who volunteers to work with seniors who have dementia or Alzheimers is pretty amazing.”

The manhunt for the terrorists is focusing on the area around Jericho.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.