Those we have lost

Nir Madmon, 23: Bartender with a love for extreme sports

Murdered while fleeing the Supernova music festival on October 7

Nir Madmon (Courtesy)
Nir Madmon (Courtesy)

Nir Madmon, 23, from Moshav Peduim in the south, was murdered by Hamas terrorists while fleeing the Supernova music festival on October 7.

Nir was buried on October 12 in Peduim. He is survived by his parents, Ruth and Yehu, and his two older sisters Chen and Noy.

He attended the rave with his girlfriend, Shoham Turgeman, who was also slain that day, along with two of their friends, Shani Ben Ami and Eden Abdulayev. All four of them worked together at the 2c restaurant and bar in Tel Aviv, which is where Nir and Shoham first met. They traveled together to the festival and were all killed there.

After finishing high school, Nir completed his mandatory military service at Bisla, the air defense school. Afterward, he moved to Tel Aviv and began working at the restaurant, managing its bar, and planning to study civil engineering, according to a eulogy.

Friends and family said he loved to attend parties and festivals and to take part in extreme sports and outdoor adventures.

Writing on Instagram, Gaya Lek, a friend of Nir and Shoham, noted that “from the moment they met until they were taken from us too soon they did not part for a moment.” The couple, she wrote, “were a true match, from the depths of their souls, just like in fairy tales. A once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.”

The pair “loved to celebrate life, to laugh and dance and be happy… We’ll remember them always in our hearts and we’ll never forget.”

Nir’s sister, Chen, wrote on Facebook, “The world has lost a huge and good soul like no other — I love you forever, rest in peace.” Noy wrote that Nir was “the most beautiful gift in my life for such a short time — you will be in my heart forever!”

His mother, Ruth, wrote that she “wants to go back to October 6. Nir I miss you, your loss is felt, you’ll stay forever in my heart.” Several months later she added: “There was nobody like you before and there will be nobody like you after — I will forever hold you in my heart.”

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