Cpt. Eden Nimri, 22, a swimmer who competed internationally for Israel and a commander in the Artillery Corps’ drone unit, was killed on October 7 while fighting Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
She is survived by her parents, Sharon and Michael, and her siblings Hadar and Noga. She was buried on October 13 in Modiin.
Nimri served as a commander of an all-female team in the elite “Sky Riders” unit. The four members of her team were saved, possibly by Nimri.
Her boyfriend, who can’t be named due to his army service, told Kan public radio that Eden was “the most beautiful, the smartest, the bravest.”
“She coolly led a battle on Saturday morning together with her fighters and ultimately sacrificed herself so they would stay alive,” he added.
Nimri represented Israel at the 2018 European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, where she finished 30th. She also competed at the International School Sport Federation’s 2017 World Championships and at the 2014 Mediterranean Cup.
“Eden was an amazing girl, a good friend, competitive, extremely hardworking, highly self-disciplined, worked hard, always aimed high, set goals and met them,” the Israel Swimming Association wrote on Instagram.