Lieutenant David Golovenchich laid to rest
Soldier killed in training accident buried at Mt. Herzl Military cemetery.
Lieutenant David Golovenchich, 22, of Efrat, who was shot and killed by an accidental firearm discharge during a training exercise at the Gilber checkpoint in Hevron, yesterday, was laid to rest at the Mt. Herzl military cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
Golovenchich was posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He leaves behind his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.
According to a Channel 2 report on Wednesday, soldiers stationed at the Gilber checkpoint were notified of the training exercise beforehand, raising questions regarding their response when Golovenchich approached the checkpoint. In particular, it remains unclear why the soldier who accidentally fired the fatal shot had his finger on the trigger at the time of the training exercise.
The Channel 2 report also revealed that a number of safety precautions mandated by the army were ignored during the exercise. For instance, the report noted that ammunition was not removed from the soldiers’ guns during the exercise. In addition, the group commander did not wear a bullet-proof vest as required.
The commander of the Central Command, Major General Roni Numa, appointed a committee of experts headed by Colonel Ronen Tamim, the head of the Idan division, to investigate the incident.
In addition, the Military Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident.
The soldier who was stationed at the Tel Rumeida guard post and who accidentally fired on Golovenchich is still reportedly in a state of shock, and is undergoing treatment by army psychiatrists.