Eitan Snir, 21, from Ahuzat Barak in the Jezreel Valley, was murdered at the Supernova music festival near Re’im on October 7.
An employee at a solar panel cleaning company, Snir had only recently been released from his army duty in the Givati Brigade and had dreams of traveling across the Americas with his girlfriend.
“He divided his time between a gym, friends and his girlfriend Noa. He planned to fly abroad, work in the US and travel in South America,” said his father Ariel to Ynet.
The moment he heard about Hamas’s attack in the south, Ariel rushed out to find his son but was unable to get to the scene.
“Already on Sunday, the day after the disaster, I knew I’d lost him because I identified him in the car,” he said.
Snir attended the music festival with others from his town. He spent his last moments alongside his friend Shoham Bar, 21, a career soldier in the Golani Brigade, and his uncle, Dean Bar, 27. Both men were also murdered by Hamas that day.
“At 7:30 a.m., Shoham called me and said there were rockets. He parked near the bomb shelter, along with Dean and his friend Eitan Snir, and they sent me one last selfie. After that I received a call and location from Dean, they asked us to call the police, and since then we haven’t heard from them,” recalled Shoham’s father Asi.
Snir’s funeral was held in Ahuzat Barak cemetery on October 13. He is survived by his parents, Ariel and Hagit, and his brother Ohad.
“Last week you issued a visa, which you told me was approved. It was one of the happiest mornings I’ve ever had. I knew we were moving forward another step in our dream of living together, living life together and conquering all the destinations in the world!” wrote his girlfriend, Noa Shabat, on Facebook. “Every moment I have with you is burned in my memory and in my heart, everything we ever did together. I will miss you so much.”