Israeli soldier killed in clashes with Hamas had SPI connection
POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:27am
UPDATED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 1:22pm
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — An Israeli soldier, killed in the current clash with Hamas, had a South Padre Island connection.
Israeli Sgt. Sean Carmeli has been identified as one of thirteen soldiers from the Golani brigade who were killed in clashes with Hamas.
Sgt. Carmeli had dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship and had returned to Israeli, after attending three years at St. Joseph Academy, to finish his high school education and then went on to join the army.
Carmeli is survived by his parents, who live in Texas, and has two sisters.
St. Joseph Academy did release a comment on the death of Sgt. Sean Carmel, stating, "The Saint Joseph Academy Community mourns the passing of Sgt. Sean Carmeli, who died on July 20, killed in the line of duty while serving with honor in the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Force during a clash with Hamas. Sean, just 21 years old, was born in Texas and grew up on South Padre Island. He attended Saint Joseph Academy but moved to Israel to finish his high school education in Ra’anana and then joined the Israeli Defense Force. Sean had two sisters: Gal, SJA Class of 2004 and Oranit, SJA Class of 2005. All within the Saint Joseph Academy Community mourn the tragic loss of this very devout and dedicated young Jewish man and pray that God will bring peace to his family during their time of tragic loss and also peace to this troubled area of the world."