Staff Sgt. Roey Weiser, 21, a Golani soldier from Efrat, born to American immigrants Naomi and Yami, was killed while serving near Gaza during the Hamas onslaught on October 7.
His mother told CNN that her son was stationed at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza when the Hamas terrorists invaded.
Feifer-Weiser told the US TV network that Roey “died how he lived, by putting others first, and when his base was overrun by terrorists, he went on his own to divert their attention allowing others to escape,” she said, recounting what she had heard from the surviving soldiers. “Because of his bravery, at least 12 other soldiers are alive today.”
“Roey lived his life to the fullest, almost always with a smile on his face,” she added. “He was always looking for ways to help those around him, and before he was conscripted he was a volunteer firefighter who was always the first to jump into action when needed.”
His father, Yami Weiser, wrote on Facebook that his son “was killed Saturday morning as a hero defending the southern border,” describing receiving the news as “enormous sadness and indescribable heartbreak.”
Roey had studied at Derech Avot High School in Efrat. After high school, he went to the Atzmona preparatory school, where he trained, and then enlisted in Golani, in the 13th battalion.
He is survived by his parents, and siblings Shani and Nadav.