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Aug 19, 2003 | 21st of Av, 5763 | כ״א באב תשס״ג
Aug 19, 2003 – Shmuel Wilner, 50 of Jerusalem was one of 23 people murdered by a suicide bomber on a No. 2 Egged bus in the capital’s Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood.
The attack took place at about 9 p.m. as the bus was making its way from the Western Wall to several religious neighborhoods. The Hamas suicide bomber apparently disguised as a religious Jew, boarded the bus and detonated his bomb shortly afterwards. Seven of those killed were children and over 130 people were wounded.
Shmuel Wilner was a Satmer hassid who with his brothers ran the family bookstore they had inherited from their father. He was returning from a bar mitzva celebration and pushed himself onto the crowded doomed bus so as not to be late for a Torah lesson.
“He was a great scholar who always thought only of others,” a friend related. “He never got angry and always tried to cheer up those around him.”
A relative recalled that when one of his sons got married six months before, “He was so happy — he sang and danced, life seemed so wonderful.”
Shmuel Wilner was buried at Har Hamenhot Cemetery in Jerusalem. He is survived by his wife, five children, and grandchildren.
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