Israeli DJ shot dead in Mexico, funds raised online to return body to Israel

Israeli music artist Ronen Dahan, known as “Perplex,” was shot to death while working in Mexico.

By World Israel News Staff

Israeli DJ Ronen Dahan is coming home. An online fundraising campaign organized by Faders, a group of Israeli musicians on Facebook, has succeeded. Dahan was killed on June 29 in a shootout in Mexico.

Also known as DJ Perplex, Dahan was shot in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, while performing as a DJ at a party. Gunmen entered dressed in combat gear and began firing randomly. Dahan was fatally wounded. He did not appear to be an intended target.

Four others were injured in the attack.

The 45 year-old DJ had produced 13 albums, under varying aliases, and performed worldwide.

Walla! news reported that Dahan’s cousin, Emily Ben Hamo, said that the artist had created a following for himself playing at large parties around the world. But his music didn’t catch on in Israel.

“He always wanted to come back to Israel and make it big playing his music here,” she said.

Before this tour, Dahan posted on social media, “I’m so excited to come to one of my favorite place [sic] in the world…Mexico here I come.”

Local reports said that the shooting was linked to ongoing cartel violence in Mexico.

Since his killing, there has been an outpouring of emotion on Dahan’s Facebook page.

His family has been working with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Consulate in Mexico to get his body returned to Israel.

The gunmen have yet to be identified.