Atta Elayyan lived a full and colorful life. But that life was viciously taken from him that day.
He was born in Kuwait with roots in Palestine and lived in New Zealand for most of his life. He had many roles: father, husband, star athlete, gamer, entrepreneur, and friend.
Atta first gained attention in New Zealand in the mid 2000s as part of a championship video game team, NewType. He then completed his degree in Computer Science and continued on his path into the tech world.
Atta Elayyan was included in a 2018 list of top 100 tech innovators as CEO and founder of LWA Solutions, a consulting company focusing on mobile technology, with clients including iHeart Radio and Microsoft.
As goalkeeper for New Zealand’s national futsal team (a game similar to indoor football/soccer), Atta was a proud kiwi athlete. “He loved the sport and he was always willing to give his time and always willing to do better for New Zealand Futsal, for Canterbury United and the futsal community in Christchurch,” his coach said.
Atta really was living up to the Prophetic example of excellence in all facets of life. He attended the Al Noor mosque and was there for Friday prayers on March 15th. He did not survive that terrible day.
Atta touched all those who knew him.
“My Heart is broken, a role model to myself and so many in the futsal community, a loving KIWI father, husband, friend and futsal player. You won’t ever meet a more down to earth, humbling person. May you Rest In Peace…” said his friend Kyle Wisnewski in response to the loss.
Atta Elayyan leaves behind a wife, Farah, and a young daughter, Aya. A donation page has been set up to show support for them.