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Vigil Held For Israel-American Soldier From LA Killed in Gaza

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(FOX 11) Hundreds of family and friends mourned the loss of Israel-American soldier Max Steinberg with a vigil in a West Hills park Sunday evening.

Steinberg was one of the 13 people killed fighting in the Gaza Strip Sunday morning.

Steinberg seen here in pictures from his Facebook Page, was 24-years-old, a Woodland Hills native and avolunteer in the Israel Defense Forces.

According to a spokesperson with the IDF he was working an Israeli operation to quell rocket fire and destroy underground smuggling tunnels when he was killed with 12 other soldiers.

Steinberg graduated from El Camino Real high school in 2008, studied at Pierce College and joined the Israeli Army in 2012. He and was a sharpshooter in the Golani Brigade.

Several hundred people from the community came to Lazy J Ranch Park to show their support for Weinstein and his family. The crowd showcasing pictures of Max, candles and Israeli flags.

"He's our hero," Steinberg's mother Evi said.

"He's our inspiration, he's our spirit," his father Stuart Steinberg said. "He was a free spirit."

Stuart said his son Max developed a deep love for the country and it's people after he took his birth rite trip to Israel.

"He died doing what he wanted to do," Stuart said.

Steinberg leaves behind his parents Stuart and Evi, and his younger siblings; Jake and Paige.

They say they're leaving for Israel tomorrow. Steinberg will be buried there.

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