Those we have lost

Sgt. Kiril Brodski, 19: Motorcycle enthusiast and devoted friend

Killed during the Hamas onslaught of October 7; body is being held by the terror group in the Gaza Strip

Sgt. Kiril Brodsky (Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit).
Sgt. Kiril Brodsky (Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit).

Sgt. Kiril Brodski, 19, from Ramat Gan, was killed by Hamas terrorists on October 7 at Nirim and his body was dragged into Gaza and held captive.

Brodski, who was a command and control officer in the IDF’s 7th Armored Brigade’s 77th Battalion serving at the Nir Oz base, was part of the team that tried to fight back and repel the Hamas invasion early that Saturday morning.

For more than six weeks, he was considered a Hamas hostage until the IDF declared his death on November 28, officially listing his status as a “fallen IDF soldier held captive by a terror group.”

His funeral was held the following day in the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

Brodski is survived by his parents, Victor and Elena, and his sister Alina.

“Everything he achieved in his short life, he achieved on his own,” his mother said at the funeral.

“If he had a goal, he would always reach it. He was a hard worker and always ready to help anyone,” she said.

“On October 7… he went to Nirim and saved people there, and when he fell, he saved others. And I am proud of him for what he did, but on the other hand, it’s so hard for me not to see him or hear his laughter anymore.”

Ramat Gan Mayor Carmel Shama offered his condolences to the family of Kiril Brodski, saying: “I talked to his mother, and my heart was torn by the intensity of her grief and pain. The entire city shares in the family’s pain.”

According to family and friends, Brodski was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He traveled all over the country on his motorcycles, and dozens of his friends arrived at his funeral on motorcycles to honor his memory.

According to a report by Israeli media outlet Ynet, three years ago, Brodski fulfilled a childhood dream and purchased a motorcycle. Two years later, he replaced it with an even bigger one.

He also managed to convince his father, Victor, to join in on the hobby, and eventually, the two of them both had licenses and could ride together.

Miri Samorov, Brodski’s partner, started taking riding lessons to surprise him when he returned from the war.

“The idea that I would also have a license excited him. He always drove me but said he wanted us both to ride together, next to each other,” she said.

“Now, even though he is no longer here, I will complete the lessons and pass the test, and then I will buy a motorcycle and ride in his memory.”

“We lost a friend, we lost a brother, and we lost a hero,” said Brodski’s friend, Yair. “I salute you.”

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