Two more Canadians have been identified as being killed in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.
Netta Epstein, 21, was hiding in a safe room in Kfar Aza with his girlfriend when terrorists invaded their home and threw a grenade at the couple.
“Without hesitation, Netta jumped to shield his loved one with his own body. He saved her life and sacrificed his. Their future dreams, including marriage, were abruptly and tragically cut short,” said a tweet by Shamir.
Epstein had finished his service in the Israel Defence Forces in August.
As a high school student, in 2018, he was a leader in a youth-led demonstration that saw thousands of young people from communities around Gaza march to the Knesset, demanding enhanced security measures for residents.
Epstein, who was 17 at the time, told Yediot Achronot, “We felt an outpouring of support from youth across the country.
“It demonstrates the unity and solidarity among us young people, and reassures us that we can rely on each other.”
Shir Georgy, 22, was killed at the Supernova music festival. Over 260 people were killed at the concert.
Georgy was initially feared to have been kidnapped by Hamas when terrorists overran the festival, but after several days, her body was identified by her family.
“It is with great sadness and a broken heart that we announce the murder of our beloved Shir,” her aunt, Michal Bouganim, posted on Instagram.
Three other Canadians have already been identified as killed during the Hamas attack: Ben Mizrachi and Alexandre Look were also killed at the music festival. Adi Vital-Kaploun was murdered at her home on Kibbutz Holit.
The original version of this story contained incorrect information about a kidnapped Canadian. The CJN regrets the error.