Ex-lone soldier to be buried in Israel after donors raise $46,000 for cause

In the seven days since the GoFundMe campaign was posted, 497 people raised $46,245, the excess of which will be donated to charity "in Aaron's honor," according to the GoFundMe page.

March 13, 2019 12:40
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Aaron Joseph Hill

Aaron Joseph Hill. (photo credit: COURTESY SHAWN ELLNER/GOFUNDME)


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Aaron Joseph Hill, a former lone soldier who died in early March in a snowboarding accident in Colorado, will be buried in Israel on Tuesday, after almost 500 donors raised nearly $47,000 to help pay for funeral expenses.

He will be laid to rest in the Ein Irron Moshav in northern Israel, near the city of Hadera.

"The family's wishes are to bury Aaron in Israel, where his heart always was and remains," read the GoFundMe page set up to raise costs for his funeral expenses.

In the seven days since the GoFundMe campaign was posted, 497 people raised $46,245, the excess of which will be donated to charity "in Aaron's honor," the page said.

Hill, 30, died on March 3 while snowboarding after hours on Aspen Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. He was killed after slamming into a shack at the base of the mountain, the Aspen Times reported. He suffered severe head injuries and reportedly was not wearing a helmet.

Hill made aliyah in 2008 and served in the Golani Brigade for 2 1/2 years, where he was recognized as an “outstanding soldier.” His younger brother, Jonathan, also made aliyah in 2012 and served as a lone soldier, as soldiers without family in Israel are known. He still lives in Israel.

A memorial service for Hill was held on Sunday in New York.

"Aaron lived life to the fullest," it was written about him on the GoFundMe. "Anyone who met him for 5 minutes knew this wholeheartedly. He did so much in the little time that he had here, and died doing what he loved. With your help, let’s send this mensch off the way he deserves. To be in the land of his people forever. "

Marcy Oster/JTA contributed to this report.

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