Eden Attias, the soldier stabbed to death on Tuesday by a Palestinian youth while traveling by bus from Upper Nazareth to Tel Aviv, was buried Wednesday night in the military section of the Upper Nazareth cemetery. Attias, 19, is survived by his parents, Amir and Ela, and two brothers, Eviatar, 16, and Maor, 21.
Attias, who was was born and raised in Upper Nazareth, specialized in electronics and technology at high school. That training led to his being drafted into the Ordnance Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, though his friends said he wanted to be in a combat position with the Border Police. He was drafted about three weeks ago and was doing his basic training at Mahane 80, a base near Pardes-Hanna. When attacked on Tuesday, he was traveling back to his base after being home on sick leave.
“Eden was a special, amazing kid,” said Sarit Levi, Attias’ aunt. “He had great plans for the future. He dreamed of the long trip he would take after his army service.
Levi last saw Attias two nights ago, when, she said, he promised they would see each other again on the weekend. She added that her sister, Attias’ mother, heard from a co-worker about the soldier who was stabbed on a bus in Afula, and feared that it was her son.
Natali Shwartz, a friend of Attias, said that he was a very friendly person. “He had a terrific sense of humor, and always made everyone laugh,” she said. “It hurt him to see situations where friends weren’t getting along, and always tried to help people reconcile and get along.”
She also said that Attias loved to listen to music and aspired to work as a DJ in the future. Attias composed electronic music and had written songs that he planned to record, she said.
Social services personnel from the Upper Nazareth municipality visited Attias’ family after the attack and psychologists were sent to the high school where Attias formerly studied, and where his younger brother is currently a student.