Sgt. Liel Vainshtein, 19, a former child star and off-duty soldier, was killed by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on October 7.
Vainshtein, a native of Netanya, served as a cook at the 215th Artillery Regiment. On leave for the weekend, she attended the rave near Kibbutz Re’im early Saturday morning when it was overrun by Hamas members who murdered at least 360 attendees.
She is survived by her parents, Ella and Michael, and her brother Iliya. She was buried on October 17 in Netanya.
“A girl with a smile, with joy for life, so mature, so rebellious, so unique,” her friend Lee Rubin Danan wrote on Facebook. “You went to a party to celebrate life and you never came back… you left an impact on my life and I’ll never forget you.”
Vainshtein particularly loved the music of Eden Hason, and the singer readily agreed to her family’s request to sing at her funeral, where he performed “Red Sunsets.”
As a child, Vainshtein appeared on the kid’s reality TV show “Boys vs. Girls.” Arutz Hayeladim, the children’s TV network, said it was devastated to learn of the death of a “beloved and standout contestant” on the show.
“You were a girl with a pure heart, full of joy for life, with strong family values, a love of children and a good heart,” wrote her family member, Galina Vainshtein, in a social media post following her funeral. “Now you have wings and you are free, our angel.”
Liel’s friend Maytal wrote on Facebook: “I want the world to know about you… I was privileged to know you, we worked together and you entered my heart.”