Hundreds of people gathered at the Netzer Hazani synagogue Monday afternoon for the funeral of 20-year-old IDF Sergeant Shlomo Rindenow, a lone soldier from the US who died in a hand grenade explosion Sunday.
Rindenow was killed along with First Sergeant Hussam Tapesh, who was buried earlier Sunday in his hometown of Beit Jan in northern Israel.
The incident, which occurred as the soldiers were patrolling the northern border with Syria, is still under investigation.
Earlier Monday, Rindenow’s family called on the Israeli public to attend his funeral, having vowed he would be buried in the country he served.
“For most of the course of his (army) service my brother was alone,” his brother Jeff said. “He volunteered to the army because he wanted to be a warrior. We are requesting that at least for his final departure he won’t be alone.”
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