Adi Vital-Kaploun was murdered on Oct. 7. Now her parents are sharing her story with the world

Jacqui and Yaron Vital
Jacqui Rivers Vital and her husband, Yaron Vital, share the story of how their daughter Adi died fighting to save her children on Oct. 7, 2023. (AJA 50+ photo)

You may have heard the story of Adi Vital-Kaploun, the Canadian citizen who was murdered by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7. The 33-year-old scientist died in the safe room of her home, murdered while protecting her two sons: four-month-old Eshel and four-year-old Negev.

The boys, and their father survived the massacre, as did Adi’s father, Yaron Vital. But for days, no one knew if Adi was dead or taken hostage—until her body was found booby-trapped under a bed.

It’s a series of events that Yaron Vital and his wife, Jacqui—who is originally from Ottawa—have retold countless times, mostly on Zoom presentations with synagogues and Jewish groups. They have transformed their grief into a mission to share her story with the world. That includes many in-person meetings with well-wishers who want to help support Adi’s family—despite little assistance from the Canadian government.

On this episode of The CJN Daily, the Vitals recount their daughter’s inspiring, horrifying final hours, and explain what the future looks like for Adi’s bereaved husband and their two traumatized sons.

What we talked about

  • Learn more about Adi Vital-Kaploun, 33, in The CJN
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to help Eshel and Negev Kaploun through AJA50 Plus and Canada Helps. (Note that donations must be accompanied by a message that the donation is for Adi’s children.)
  • Learn more about the store belonging to Adi’s grandfather, Irving Rivers, located in Ottawa’s ByWard Market


Special thanks to Sheila Osterer and the AJA 50+ group in Ottawa for inviting us to attend the Vitals’ presentation on Jan. 23, 2024, with permission to use the audio.

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