Nissim Sean Carmeli moved to Israel four years ago after finishing high school, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Maya Kadosh told AP.
In Israel, where two of his sisters live, Carmeli joined the IDF and settled in Ra'anana, in the center of the country.
“He had great energy, yet had a kind and gentle soul,” Carmeli family friend Rabbi Asher Hecht of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley told AP. “It's been a very tough day for us. We lost a gem.”
The deaths of 13 IDF soldiers on Sunday became the worst loss of the Israeli military since the Lebanon war in 2006, when Israeli army confronted Hezbollah militants. The IDF lost 18 soldiers over the last two days altogether.