JERUSALEM, Israel - Following the military's probe into the death of Israel Defense ForcesSgt. Noam Adin Rechter-Levi on Thursday morning, officials concluded that his rifle discharged during a scuffle with Palestinians, resulting in a mortal gunshot wound to his head.
Rechter-Levi, 20, was eight years old when his family immigrated to Israel from Canada. The second to the youngest child, he added the surname of his grandmother - who perished in the Holocaust - to his family name.
"Noam was full of life and loved everybody," his brother, Ma'ayan, said. "The smile never left his face. A heart as broad as his is rarely found," he said.
"Noam possessed a unique sense of justice. He was a dedicated and loyal friend who was willing to lend a supporting shoulder and an attentive ear," he said.
"He always sought happiness and joy and made the most out of every moment he shared with his family and friends," his brother said.
"Even before he learned how to speak, he knew how to ride a bicycle without training wheels," he recalled.
"Noam was an excellent athlete and an exceptional basketball player. He established a basketball club for the children in the town WHERE HE GREW UP and they love him, admired him, and saw him as a role model," he said.
His brother served as a medic in the Kfir Brigade's Duhifat Battalion, Ma'ayan said.
"During an operation a few weeks ago, he performed CPR on a terrorist who was seriously injured, out of respect for human life," he said.