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On August 26, 2021, 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman, and one Army workers sergeant had been killed in a suicide assault in Kabul that additionally claimed greater than 160 Afghan lives. The US servicemembers had been on a mission of mercy to evacuate at-risk Afghans after the disastrous US withdrawal led to a Taliban takeover. These are their tales:




Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23

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Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee was was a upkeep technician with twenty fourth Marine Expeditionary Unit from Roseville, California.



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Per week earlier than she was killed, Gee cradled a child in her arms at the Kabul airport. She posted the picture on Instagram and wrote, ‘I really like my job.’ 

Sgt. Mallory Harrison, who lived with Gee for 3 years and referred to as her a ‘sister endlessly’ and finest pal, wrote about the magnitude of her loss.



‘I can not fairly describe the feeling I get once I power myself to return again to actuality & take into consideration how I´m by no means going to see her once more,’ Harrison wrote on Facebook. ‘How her final breath was taken doing what she beloved – serving to folks. … Then there was an explosion. And similar to that, she’s gone.’

Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, is seen four days before she was killed, escorting Afghans on to a plane in Kabul

Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, is seen 4 days earlier than she was killed, escorting Afghans on to a aircraft in Kabul

Just days before she was killed in the suicide blast, St. Nicole Gee was photographed holding an Afghan baby

Just days earlier than she was killed in the suicide blast, St. Nicole Gee was photographed holding an Afghan child

Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, California was among those killed in the attack on Thursday in Kabul

Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23, of Roseville, California was among those killed in the attack on Thursday in Kabul

Gee, 23, (left and proper) of Roseville, California was amongst these killed in the assault on Thursday in Kabul 

Nicole Gee (left middle), a maintenance technician with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), awaits the launch of an MV-22B Osprey during an exercise in April

Nicole Gee (left center), a upkeep technician with twenty fourth Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), awaits the launch of an MV-22B Osprey throughout an train in April

Gee’s Instagram web page reveals one other picture of her in fatigues, holding a rifle subsequent to a line of folks strolling into the stomach of a big transport aircraft. She wrote: ‘escorting evacuees onto the hen.’

The social media account that features many selfies after figuring out at the gymnasium lists her location as California, North Carolina and ‘someplace abroad.’

Photos present her on a camel in Saudi Arabia, in a bikini on a Greek isle and holding a beer in Spain. One from this month in Kuwait reveals her beaming together with her meritorious promotion to sergeant.

Harrison stated her technology of Marines hears conflict tales from veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, however they appear distant amid boring deployments till ‘the peaceable float you had been on turns into … your pals by no means coming house.’

Gee´s automotive was nonetheless parked in so much at Camp Lejeune and Harrison mused about all the Marines who walked previous it whereas she was abroad.

‘Some of them knew her. Some of them didn´t.’ she stated. ‘They all walked previous it. The conflict tales, the losses, the flag-draped coffins, the KIA bracelets & the heartbreak. It´s not so distant anymore.’

Friends mourned Gee (right) whom they called a 'model Marine' and a 'Marine's Marine'

Friends mourned Gee (proper) whom they referred to as a ‘mannequin Marine’ and a ‘Marine’s Marine’

'She cared about people. She loved fiercely. She was a light in this dark world. She was my person,' said friend and fellow Marine Mallory Harrison in a Facebook post on Gee (center right)

‘She cared about folks. She beloved fiercely. She was a light-weight on this darkish world. She was my particular person,’ stated pal and fellow Marine Mallory Harrison in a Facebook submit on Gee (middle proper)

‘She cared about folks. She beloved fiercely. She was a light-weight on this darkish world. She was my particular person,’ stated Harrison in a Facebook submit. 

‘I discover peace figuring out that she left this world doing what she beloved. She was a Marine’s Marine,’ she stated.

‘She was doing God’s work…..a warrior. Searching Afghan girls and youngsters attempting to get out of nation,’ Captain Karen Holliday stated in a Facebook tribute.

Holliday referred to as Gee a ‘Model Marine. A pacesetter on the floor in a chaotic state of affairs.’

She stated {that a} picture launched of Gee a couple of days earlier than her dying, displaying her escorting Afghans onto a ready aircraft, had been bombarded with sexist on-line feedback ‘degrading her for being a feminine Marine.’  

Lance Corporal Dylan Merola, 20

Lance Corporal Dylan Merola, 20

Lance Corporal Dylan Merola, 20

Lance Corporal Merola was a Marine from Rancho Cucamonga, California. 

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based mostly in Camp Pendleton, California. 

The 20-year-old was a graduate of Los Osos High School, in response to KABC-TV.

Students honored him at Friday evening’s soccer sport by carrying pink, white and blue. 

‘Dylan was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nice grandson, nephew, an excellent pal, and a courageous soldier,’ stated household pal Joseph Matsuoka on a GoFundMe web page to lift cash for his funeral.

Matsuoka stated that Merola ‘paid the final sacrifice at the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport throughout the evacuation.’ 

Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25

Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25

Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25

Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo was a Marine sergeant from Lawrence, Massachusetts assigned to fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

She was a graduate of Lawrence High School and attended Bridgewater State University. 

On social media, pals issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Rosario’s dying. 

Nastassia Hyatt, a former Marine, recalled Rosario serving to her by way of troublesome occasions in a Facebook submit.

‘You introduced me again to life. Back to life… again to life….’ Hyatt wrote. ‘I want i may convey you again to life for only one final hug, one final smile, one final nap, one final meal… one final something.’

‘She the second half of my coronary heart subsequent to my son. Like she’s all the things to me. She is the best love I’ve ever recognized in a human in addition to my son. This one hit onerous,’ Hyatt stated. 

‘We are heartbroken by the dying of the service women and men as a result of the bombing in Kabul this week. I and the City of Lawrence are notably saddened that one of these courageous souls was a daughter of our City,’ stated Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez in a press release to WCVB-TV.

The Dominican Republic’s embassy in the United States tweeted that Rosario was initially from that Caribbean nation.

On social media, friends issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Rosario's death

On social media, pals issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Rosario’s dying

Sonia Guzmán, the Dominican Republic´s ambassador to the United States, tweeted that the Dominican neighborhood shares in the loss.

‘Peace to your soul!’ she tweeted in Spanish.

Rosario served with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade, which praised her efforts as provide chief this spring and thanked her for a job nicely achieved.

In Lawrence, Massachusetts, Mayor Kendrys Vasquez stated he has been in touch with the household.

‘We are heartbroken by the dying of the servicemen and girls as a result of the bombing in Kabul this week,’ he stated. ‘I and the metropolis of Lawrence are notably saddened that one of these courageous souls was a daughter of our metropolis.’

The household needs for privateness ‘and that their beloved one be acknowledged as the hero that she was,’ the mayor stated.

Rosario (center) was a Marine sergeant from Lawrence, Massachusetts with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Rosario (middle) was a Marine sergeant from Lawrence, Massachusetts with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Melendez stated folks have sturdy emotions about the U.S. involvement that is coming to an finish after twenty years in Afghanistan.

‘There are folks on either side of the fence. I get it,’ he stated. ‘This is about one of our personal, a daughter of Lawrence. For us it’s undoubtedly about her service and her household´s sacrifice. That´s what can be specializing in.’

‘I’ve been in contact with the household of the Lawrencian killed in motion to increase mine and my household’s most honest condolences and provide all of the assist that my administration can present as they grieve this nice loss,’ the mayor stated.

‘At this time, the household’s most instant want is to be given privateness and that their beloved one be acknowledged as the hero that she was.’ 

Hospitalman Maxton Soviak, 20 

Soviak, an Ohio native, joined the Navy after high school and became a hospital corpsman

Soviak, an Ohio native, joined the Navy after highschool and have become a hospital corpsman

Maxton William Soviak was a Navy corpsman from New Berlin, Ohio. He was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California

Weeks earlier than his dying, he made a tragic Instagram submit on June 10, sharing a photograph posing with different service members in what’s believed to be Afghanistan.

‘It’s kill or be killed, undoubtedly trynna be on the kill aspect,’ he wrote in a touch upon the submit. Navy corpsmen typically work alongside Marines, who would not have their very own medics. 

Soviak’s sister Marilyn stated in her personal Instagram submit that her brother was there to ‘assist folks’. 

‘My stunning, clever, beat-to-the-sound of his personal drum, annoying, charming child brother was killed yesterday serving to to avoid wasting lives. He was a f***ing medic. There to assist folks and now he’s gone and my household won’t ever be the similar,’ she wrote. 

‘He was only a child. We are sending children over there to die. Kids with families that now have holes similar to ours,’ she added. ‘I’m not one for praying however d**n may these children over there use some proper now. My coronary heart is in items and I do not suppose they’re going to ever match again proper once more.’

Soviak was named as a casualty of the assault by his highschool in Milan, Ohio, the place he graduated in 2017. 

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‘It is with deepest sorrow that I’m sharing this news,’ Edison Local School District Superintendent Thomas Roth stated in a press release. 

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‘Max was an excellent pupil who was energetic in sports activities and different actions all through his faculty profession. He was nicely revered and appreciated by everybody who knew him. Max was full of life in all the things he did.’ 

Maxton William Soviak (center), a medic in his early 20s, made this tragic post on June 10, writing 'It's kill or be killed, definitely trynna be on the kill side'. Marines Hunter Lopez (left) and Daegan Page (right) were also killed in the attack

Maxton William Soviak (middle), a medic in his early 20s, made this tragic submit on June 10, writing ‘It’s kill or be killed, undoubtedly trynna be on the kill aspect’. Marines Hunter Lopez (left) and Daegan Page (proper) had been additionally killed in the assault

Soviak's sister Marilyn said an Instagram post that her brother was there to 'help people'

Soviak’s sister Marilyn stated an Instagram submit that her brother was there to ‘assist folks’

Soviak took pride in his Navy service and worked alongside Marines in Afghanistan

Soviak took satisfaction in his Navy service and labored alongside Marines in Afghanistan

Soviak was named as a casualty of the attack by his high school in Milan, Ohio

In high school, Soviak was on the honor roll and played football

In highschool, Soviak was on the honor roll and performed soccer. He was named as a casualty of the assault by his highschool in Milan, Ohio

Soviak’s household confirmed his dying to native media and have requested for privateness. 

In highschool, Soviak was on the honor roll and performed soccer, in response to the Sandusky Register. 

Soviak was amongst the practically 6,000 US troops now working frantically to evacuate Americans and Afghan refugees from Kabul, with simply days remaining earlier than President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline to withdraw. 

Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, 20 

David Lee Espinoza, 20, was one of the Marines killed in the attack

David Lee Espinoza, 20, was one of the Marines killed in the assault

David Lee Espinoza, was a 20-year-old U.S. Marine from Rio Grande, Texas.

His mom, Elizabeth Holguin, stated: ‘He was an excellent particular person. He served his nation. He helped in any manner he may. He was there (in Afghanistan), serving to harmless folks.’

This was his second deployment; he first made a visit to the Middle East and arrived in Afghanistan for a few week.

Holguin stated she was uneasy about him being deployed there.

‘I prayed day-after-day,’ she stated.

He is one of 4 youngsters; he’s not married and has no youngsters.

The mother final spoke with him Tuesday.

‘I simply instructed him to watch out, that I used to be apprehensive about him and I could not watch for him to return again,’ Holguin stated. ‘He instructed me he was tremendous and to not fear…. He was courageous. If he was scared, he did not present it.’

She stated she holds no animosity towards the president, saying her son ‘needed to be there.’

Holguin discovered her son was dead when she acquired a cellphone name Friday at 2.30am.

‘He was simply courageous sufficient to go do what he needed and to assist out folks. That´s who he was, he was simply good,’ his mom, Elizabeth Holguin, instructed the Laredo Morning Times.

In a press release, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar stated Espinoza ’embodied the values of America: grit, dedication, service, and valor. When he joined the army after highschool, he did so with the intention of defending our nation and demonstrating his selfless acts of service.’

Cuellar concluded, ‘The courageous by no means die. Mr. Espinoza is a hero.’

Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum, 20 

Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was killed in the attack

Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was killed in the assault

Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was named by his highschool in Wyoming as a casualty in the assault. 

He was anticipating to grow to be a father and was pictured together with his pregnant spouse shortly earlier than deploying to Afghanistan in April.

Cheyenne McCollum, Rylee’s sister, instructed DailyMail.com her brother had needed to be a Marine since he was a toddler – and that his personal child is due in simply three weeks.

‘Rylee was a tremendous, man with a ardour for the Marines. He was a son, a brother, a husband and a father with a child due in simply 3 weeks,’ she stated.

‘He needed to be a marine his entire life and carried round his rifle in his diapers and cowboy boots.

‘He was decided to be in infantry and this was his first deployment. Rylee was despatched to Afghanistan when the evac started. Rylee was manning the examine level when he suicide bomb went off.

‘Rylee needed to be a historical past trainer and a wrestling coach when he completed serving his nation. He’s a troublesome, sort, loving child who made an affect on everybody he met. His joke and wit introduced a lot pleasure.

‘To his pals and teammates and coaches, he was household. Rylee will at all times be a hero not only for the final sacrifice he made for our nation however for the manner he impacted each life round him for the higher. Making us stronger, kinder, instructing us to like deeper. We love you Rylee.’

Rylee McCollum was named by his high school in Wyoming as a casualty in the attack

Rylee McCollum was named by his highschool in Wyoming as a casualty in the assault

Rylee McCollum was due to become a father. He is pictured with his pregnant wife, right, shortly before deploying to Afghanistan in April

Rylee McCollum was due to become a father. He is pictured with his pregnant wife, right, shortly before deploying to Afghanistan in April

Rylee McCollum was as a result of grow to be a father. He is pictured together with his pregnant spouse, proper, shortly earlier than deploying to Afghanistan in April

Rylee McCollum graduated from Summit Innovations School in Jackson in 2019. 

Wyoming Schools Superintendent Jillian Balow stated in a press release: ‘Saying that I’m grateful for Rylee’s service to our nation doesn’t start to encapsulate the grief and disappointment I really feel at the moment as a mom and as an American.’ 

‘My coronary heart and prayers are with Rylee’s household, pals, and the whole Jackson neighborhood,’ she added.

The Wyoming-born Marine’s wrestling coach and shut household pal, Benjamin Arlotta stated ‘heads ought to roll’ over the disastrous US exit and that the younger soldier’s household is ‘completely damaged’.

Arlotta instructed DailyMail.com that even in diapers McCollum would stand watch on his porch with a toy rifle, first stated he needed to be a Marine aged eight, and signed up on his 18th birthday.

In a glowing eulogy to the younger expectant father, whose new child is due in three weeks, Arlotta described McCollum as a ‘private hero’ and a ‘incredible brother, incredible uncle, and a beautiful pal’.

‘I used to be his wrestling coach since he was six. He was one of the finest. A terrific child, an excellent younger man and an American patriot. He beloved being a Marine,’ Arlotta stated.

‘He was only a good man throughout. We’re all hurting fairly unhealthy.

‘It’s unimaginable. I’m sitting right here with the household proper now – together with his dad and two sisters, his brother-in-law and niece. They’re shattered, they’re completely damaged. The whole neighborhood is.’

Pictued, Rylee McCollum and his pregnant wife, Jiennah Crayton

Pictued, Rylee McCollum and his pregnant spouse, Jiennah Crayton

McCollum was due

McCollum and Crayton’s child is because of be born in simply three weeks

Arlotta, 37, stated he’s livid at the Biden administration and blames the White House for placing troopers in an unnecessarily harmful place.

‘It’s a junk present, an absolute junk present. Not only for Rylee however for each serviceman and lady over there. They had been put in a really horrible spot. In my opinion this whole circumstance has been mismanaged from each stage,’ he instructed DailyMail.com.

‘The solely factor I can hope for is that accountability is not forgotten. Because for the 13 males who had been killed yesterday, heads have to roll for the manner issues have gone.

Benjamin Arlotta, and his wife, Talia, are long-time family friends of the McCollums. Benjamin said he is angry and devastated

Benjamin Arlotta, and his spouse, Talia, are long-time household pals of the McCollums. Benjamin stated he’s indignant and devastated 

‘We’re simply seeing the starting of it. It’s not over, it is solely going to worsen. Everybody in the nation must be praying for our servicemen and girls proper now. They have a scrap out in entrance of them.

‘Sadly these 13 Marines aren’t going to be the final ones to perish as a result of of these horrible selections that had been made.’

Recalling fond recollections of the younger Jackson Hole native, the wrestling coach instructed a heartwarming story of McCollum’s willpower.

‘When he was 13 he got here into the competitors season 32lbs heavier than the place he needed to be,’ Arlotta stated.

‘He instructed me he would lose it. We made a guess. I used to be going to stop chewing tobacco if he may get down there. That was September, by the time the state championship rolled round in January he had made weight.

‘He entered the wrestling event at that weight and I stop chewing that day.

‘He was in the beginning a person of his phrase. If he stated he would do one thing, by goodness gracious he stood proper in entrance of you till he did it.’

McCollum moved to California for coaching. His pregnant spouse Jiennah ‘Gigi’ Crayton lives in the San Diego space.

The 20-year-old lance corporal needed to be a soldier since childhood, first telling his mother and father he would be a part of the Marines age eight.

‘We had been driving again from his first state wrestling event, I used to be using together with his household,’ stated Arlotta. ‘We requested him what he needed to be when he grew up, he stated he needed to be in the Marines.

‘He enlisted on his 18th birthday,’ the coach added. ‘When he truly enlisted his recruiter instructed him he could possibly be something, he may do any job. He swore up and down he needed to be an infantryman.

‘If you realize Rylee, you realize you may’t speak him out of a rattling factor, so that is what he did.’

U.S. Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a fellow Wyoming resident, issued a press release when she discovered of Rylee’s passing. 

‘I need to provide my deepest condolences to Rylee McCollum’s household and family members. His bravery and patriotism won’t ever be forgotten. His willingness to place himself in hurt’s solution to hold our nation protected and defend our freedom represents a stage of selflessness and heroism that embodies the finest of America. 

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‘We know that the McCollum household is grieving this tragic loss. I ask that individuals in Wyoming and throughout the nation please hold these near Rylee of their prayers, and do not forget that we’re solely free as a result of of the braveness and valor of service members like him.’ 

Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, 20

Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was a 20-year-old from Wentzville, Missouri. 

His father Mark Schmitz instructed KMOX the Marines notified his household about 2.40am on Friday about his son’s dying. 

‘This was one thing he at all times needed to do and I by no means seen a younger man practice as onerous as he did to be the finest soldier he could possibly be,’ Mark Schmitz stated.

The grieving father grew emotional as he spoke about his son, welling up with tears.  

‘His life meant a lot extra. I’m so extremely devastated that I will not be capable to see the man that he was in a short time rising into changing into.’ 

Mark Schmitz slammed Biden and blamed him for his son’s dying. 

‘Be afraid of our management or lack thereof. Pray day-after-day for the troopers which can be placing their lives in danger, doing what they love which is defending all of us,’ Schmitz’s father stated.

He added that he was relieved when his son signed up as a Marine when Trump was in workplace as a result of he ‘actually believed this man did not need to ship folks into hurt’s manner.’ 

Jared Schmitz was killed in the attack

Jared Schmitz was killed in the assault

Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, 20

Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a native of Norco, California

Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a local of Norco, California

Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a local of Norco, California.

Nikoui’s father Steve, a carpenter, vented his frustrations at Biden in an interview with the Daily Beast. 

‘They despatched my son over there as a paper pusher after which had the Taliban outdoors offering safety. I blame my very own army leaders… Biden turned his again on him. That’s it,’ he stated

Steve Nikoui stated he knew his son was dead when he noticed two Marines approaching his house on Thursday at 7.15pm PST. 

He stated he sat with the two emotional Marines, who cried greater than he cried, after which had them go away. 

Steve additionally appeared on Fox with Tucker Carlson on Friday to additional criticize Biden in an emotional interview the place he stated the assault may have been prevented. 

‘From what I noticed of the airport that they are in, seemed like a Turkey shoot. It’s funneled in to a single file-type entry level at which you probably have in kind of chaos of any kind, they’d all like collect to that one funneled space, which they’d all be accessed. That’s what occurred. It was simply principally so chaotic and not likely deliberate out,’ Steve stated.

As he teared up, he additionally stated he was upset by how lengthy it took to study of his son’s dying. 

‘How lengthy does it take for the army to, you realize, inform the subsequent of kin?’ 

Marine Kareem Nikoui, pictured with his mother, was killed on Thursday. His father said he blames Biden for abandoning them in Kabul

Marine Kareem Nikoui, pictured together with his mom, was killed on Thursday. His father stated he blames Biden for abandoning them in Kabul

‘I used to be truly attempting to console them. But at the similar time, I simply needed them to get out as quickly as attainable in order that nobody from my household got here again and noticed them.

‘I assumed it acceptable that I be capable to inform them,’ he stated.

He added that his son, who was based mostly at Camp Pendleton in California, would typically convey different Marines house on the holidays in the event that they could not get again to their very own families.

‘My spouse and I felt very honored that [since] these different boys weren’t round their houses, that we had been in a position to present some kind of household life for them. 

‘He actually beloved that [Marine Corps] household. He was devoted—he was going to make a profession out of this, and he needed to go. No hesitation for him to be referred to as to obligation,’ he stated.

Speaking outdoors Kareem’s house on Friday, a relative instructed DailyMail.com that Kareem’s household had been inside signing the paperwork required to repatriate him. 

He added: ‘They’re completely devastated they usually want a while. All the household are right here and we’re supporting them.’ 

A gentle stream of folks have been seen coming and going from the house all day, amongst them some of Kareem’s colleagues from the Camp Pendleton Marine base in San Diego. 

Steve Nikoui, right, father the late Kareem Nikoui, spoke with Fox's Tucker Carlson on Friday to condemn the Biden administration's efforts in Afghanistan that he said led to his son's death

Steve Nikoui, proper, father the late Kareem Nikoui, spoke with Fox’s Tucker Carlson on Friday to sentence the Biden administration’s efforts in Afghanistan that he stated led to his son’s dying

An American flag flew half-mast outside Norco Intermediate School in honor of Nikoui

An American flag flew half-mast outdoors Norco Intermediate School in honor of Nikoui

Kareem’s mom Shana Chappell posted angrily on social media, blaming Vice-President Kamala Harris for the loss of her son.  

At the social media message of condolence from the Vice-President, she wrote: ‘This c u subsequent Tuesday is a joke! They are the cause my son is dead.’ 

Kareem’s dying can be being mourned by his house metropolis of Norco – a small neighborhood of 26,000 folks nicknamed ‘Horsetown’ that sits 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

Confirming his dying, the metropolis launched a message of condolence that learn: ‘The City of Norco mourns the loss of Norco resident U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui who was killed in motion whereas stationed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26, 2021. 

‘The U.S. Marine, who graduated from Norco High School in 2019 and served in JROTC, was dedicated to serving his nation and is survived by his mom, father and siblings.’ 

The metropolis of Norco plans to honor Nikoui by inserting his title on the ‘Lest We Forget Wall’ at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Lance Corporal Hunter Lopez, 22

Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Lopez

Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Lopez 

Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Lopez, a local of California’s Coachella Valley and the son of two law enforcement officials, was additionally killed in the assault, Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed.

‘I’m unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez household as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,’ Bianco wrote. 

‘Hunter Lopez, son of our personal Captain Herman Lopez and Deputy Alicia Lopez, tragically misplaced his life whereas serving our nation in the United States Marine Corp. He was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, August twenty sixth,’ the sheriff added.

‘Before becoming a member of the Marine Corp, Hunter proudly served in our Sheriff’s Explorer Program. Our whole division is mourning this tragic loss. The Lopez household exemplifies the which means of Service Above Self.’ 

City of La Quinta issued a press release: ‘Our La Quinta Family is in mourning at the moment with the tragic loss of Hunter Lopez, one of the fallen United States Service Members in the assault in Afghanistan,’

‘Hunter is the son of Captain Herman and Alicia Lopez, each members of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. Captain Herman Lopez is our Police Chief and Captain over at the Thermal Station,’ the assertion added.

‘We are all so humbled by the service and supreme sacrifice that Hunter gave to guard our nation. He was a courageous and selfless soldier who answered the name to be a United States Marine. Like his mother and father, Hunter needed to assist serve others and defend his neighborhood.’  

Marine Hunter Lopez, a native of California's Coachella Valley and the son of two police officers, was also killed, Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed

Marine Hunter Lopez, a local of California’s Coachella Valley and the son of two law enforcement officials, was additionally killed, Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed

'The Lopez family exemplifies the meaning of Service Above Self,' said the local sheriff

‘The Lopez household exemplifies the which means of Service Above Self,’ stated the native sheriff 

'I am unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez family as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,' Bianco wrote of Hunter Lopez (above)

‘I’m unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez household as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,’ Bianco wrote of Hunter Lopez (above)

Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, 31

Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was one other of the service members killed outdoors the Kabul airport, his household instructed KSL-TV. 

He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. 

Friends and household mourned his loss, together with fellow college students who graduated in the Class of 2008 at Hillcrest High School with him in Midvale. 

‘Soooooo glad I acquired to see him earlier than he left. I really like you son!!! You’re my hero!! Please examine in on us now and again. I’ll attempt to make you proud!!’ Hoover’s father, Darin Hoover, wrote on Facebook.

‘My good-looking nephew, Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover. Taylor spent his whole grownup life as a Marine, serving. Doing the onerous issues that almost all of us cannot do. He is a hero,’ Jeremy Soto, an uncle, wrote. 

‘We are wounded. We are bruised. We are indignant. We are crushed… however we stay trustworthy. Thank you on your braveness nephew. We love you at all times.’

‘Always a smile. Always respectful. A pleasure to be round. He is adored past measure. The world has misplaced a real gentle. Our hearts are damaged. Shock, disbelief, horror, disappointment, sorrow, anger and grief,’ Brittany Jones Barnett, an aunt, added. 

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‘Thank you candy boy for the final sacrifice. For giving your life for us all. Fighting for freedom and giving completely all the things you had. You won’t ever ever be forgotten. We love you a lot,’ she added. 

Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, pictured holding a young family member, died in Kabul

Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, pictured holding a younger member of the family, died in Kabul

Taylor Hoover with his mom Kelly Barnett

Taylor Hoover with his girlfriend, Nicole Weiss

Taylor Hoover, a Utah native, was mourned by his mom Kelly Barnett, left, and girlfriend, Nicole Weiss, proper, following his dying

‘He is a hero. He gave his life defending these that may´t defend themselves, doing what he beloved serving his nation,’ stated father Darin Hoover, who lives in a Salt Lake City suburb, in an AP interview.

He stated he had heard from Marines who stated they had been grateful they’d his son as their sergeant.

‘They look again on him and say that they´ve discovered a lot from him,’ Hoover stated. ‘One heck of a frontrunner.’

Hoover stated his son was additionally a finest pal to his two sisters and beloved all his prolonged household. He had a girlfriend in California and was the sort of man who ‘lit up a room’ when he got here in, his father stated.

Hoover in his formal uniform

Hoover in his active duty uniform

Hoover pictured in his uniforms, ‘died a hero doing what he at all times needed to do and was proud to do, ‘ a member of the family stated

Nate Thompson of Murray, Utah, first met Hoover after they had been 10 years outdated in Little League soccer. They stayed pals by way of highschool, the place Hoover performed lineman. He was undersized for the place, however his coronary heart and onerous work greater than made up for what he lacked in statute, Thompson stated. As a pal, he was selfless and sort.

‘If we had hassle with grades, hassle with household or hassle on the discipline, we at all times referred to as Taylor. He´s at all times level-headed, even when he´s struggling himself,’ he stated.

U.S. Representative Blake Moore, who represents Utah’s 1st Congressional District, additionally mourned the loss of Hoover. 

‘We’ll be endlessly grateful for his sacrifice & legacy. He spent his final moments serving our state & nation, and we’ll always remember his unwavering devotion,’ he wrote in a press release. 

Utah Senator Mike Lee wrote in a press release, ‘Burying a toddler is a grief no father or mother ought to bear. Sharon and I mourn with the Hoover household and with all who beloved [Hoover]… who gave the final full measure of devotion in Afghanistan. 

‘He died finishing a mission to avoid wasting his countrymen and civilians from evil and oppression. He lived the Marine Corps motto by residing and dying at all times trustworthy.’

Utah residents tied fellow ribbons to flags in front of Hoover's family home

Utah residents tied fellow ribbons to flags in entrance of Hoover’s household house

Neighbor Lena McIllece helped arranged the flags to honor Hoover and the other fallen troops

Neighbor Lena McIllece helped organized the flags to honor Hoover and the different fallen troops

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox ordered that flags be flown at half-staff in any respect state amenities and public grounds efficient instantly till sundown on August. 30 to honor Hoover and all those that died in the latest assault. 

‘We are devastated to listen to of the passing of Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover. Staff Sgt. Hoover served valiantly as a Marine and died serving his fellow countrymen as nicely as America’s allies in Afghanistan. We honor his great bravery and dedication to his nation, even as we condemn the mindless violence that resulted in his dying. Abby and I pray for Staff Sgt. Hoover, his household and family members throughout this most troublesome time,’ Cox stated in a press release.  

A member of the family instructed ABC 4 that Hoover, ‘died a hero doing what he at all times needed to do and was proud to do, serve his nation.  

Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23 

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a native of Tennessee

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a local of Tennessee

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a local of Corryton, Tennessee. Knauss was assigned to ninth PSYOP Battalion, eighth PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

He first was recognized as one of the victims by his grandfather, Wayne Knauss. 

‘He grew up in a Christian house, attended Berean Christian faculty by way of eighth grade and spent, 4 years at Gibbs High [School],’ stated Wayne about his grandson. ‘A motivated younger man who beloved his nation. He was a believer so we are going to see him once more in Gods heaven.’ 

Wayne instructed ABC 6 that Ryan had served proper out of highschool for 5 years with particular coaching in Psychology Operations. 

Ryan’s stepmother, Lianne Knauss, added that Ryan instructed them he was wanting ahead to returning to the U.S. and transferring to Washington D.C. 

‘He was a super-smart hilarious younger man,’ she stated. 

Knauss, 23, right, said he wanted to move to Washington D.C. when he returned

Knauss, 23, proper, stated he needed to maneuver to Washington D.C. when he returned 

Members of the Knauss family mourned Ryan's death on social media

Members of the Knauss household mourned Ryan’s dying on social media

U.S. Representative Tim Burchett, a fellow Knoxville resident, additionally tweeted a tribute to the fallen marine. 

‘Ryan gave his life outdoors that airport serving to folks he did not know get to security. This is what true heroism seems like and Ryan’s sacrifice won’t ever be forgotten. The Knauss household is my prayers.’ Burchett wrote 

Diane Trulson Amundson Knauss additionally urged folks to assist Wayne and the troops in Afghanistan. 

‘Please pray for our army in Afghanistan and throughout the world,’ she wrote. ‘Our hearts ache for Wayne and Neena… and all families.’ 

Corporal Daegan Page, 23 

Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a native of Omaha, Nebraska

Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a local of Omaha, Nebraska

Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a local of Omaha, Nebraska. 

In a press release, Page’s household confirmed that he was one of the slain service members at Kabul airport. 

‘Our hearts are damaged, however we’re grateful for the family and friends who’re surrounding us throughout this time,’ the household stated. 

‘Daegan’s girlfriend Jessica, his mother, dad, step-mom, step-dad, 4 siblings, and grandparents are all mourning the loss of an excellent son, grandson, and brother.’ 

Page grew up in Omaha and Red Oak, Iowa. He loved taking part in hockey for Omaha Westside in the native hockey membership and was a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan.

He additionally oved looking and spending time outdoors together with his father. 

His household stated he was a longtime Boy Scout who was keen to affix the U.S. Marine Corps. 

‘Daegan joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Millard South High School. He beloved the brotherhood of the Marines and was proud to serve as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.’  

Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page died in the Kabul airport bombing attack

Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page died in the Kabul airport bombing assault

Page, left, was a Marine and member of the 2nd Battalion Marine Regiment

Page, left, was a Marine and member of the 2nd Battalion Marine Regiment

They added that Page was wanting ahead to coming house to see his household and pals. He additionally had plans to go to commerce faculty, considering a profession as a lineman. 

‘Daegan will at all times be remembered for his robust outer shell and large coronary heart. Our ideas and prayers are additionally with the different Marine and Navy families whose family members died alongside Daegan,’ the household stated. 

Shana Nicole, a pal of Page, added that ‘the world misplaced a tremendous hero. 

‘My coronary heart hurts for everybody who knew Daegan. He was so so sort at all times,’ she wrote on Facebook. 

The Omaha, Nebraska, native was looking forward to returning home, his family said

The Omaha, Nebraska, native was wanting ahead to returning house, his household stated 

Page, center, hoped to reunite with friends back home and go to trade school

Page, middle, hoped to reunite with pals again house and go to commerce faculty

Page, third from the left, rear, was drawn to the sense of brotherhood within the Marine Corps

Page, third from the left, rear, was drawn to the sense of brotherhood inside the Marine Corps 

U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Page’s house district, additionally issued a press release mourning the loss of the younger marine. 

‘I used to be simply notified about the dying of Marine Corporal Page. My coronary heart was already damaged over our nation’s loss of 13 service members in Afghanistan. Now the loss is even more durable,’ Fortenberry stated. 

‘God bless Corporal Page. He saved lives and served his nation honorably. His life was minimize quick however had final which means. By his bravery and can, many others may have an opportunity. I ship my heartfelt condolences to his household.’ 

Corporal Humberto Sanchez, 22 

Marine Corp. Humberto Sanchez was among those killed

Marine Corp. Humberto Sanchez was amongst these killed

Officials in Indiana confirmed that Corp. Humberto Sanchez was additionally amongst the dead.

Sanchez graduated from Logansport High School in 2017. He additionally attended Columbia Elementary.

‘Like many, I’ve been heartbroken over the latest loss of the 13 U.S. service members who had been murdered in the terrorist assaults towards our evacuation efforts in Kabul, Afghanistan,’ Logansport Mayor Chris Martin stated in a press release on Facebook.

‘Even extra heartbreaking is studying the news at the moment that one of these killed was from proper right here at house in Logansport, Indiana.

‘This younger man had not but even turned 30 and nonetheless had his whole life forward of him. Any plans he might have had for his post-military life got in sacrifice as a result of the coronary heart he exhibited in placing himself into hurt’s solution to safeguard the lives of others.’

Adrian Gazcon, a pal, additionally wrote a tribute on Twitter for Sanchez, saying that ‘it hurts that he is gone.’ ‘Thank you on your service, you are a hero bro.’  

Sanchez pictured carrying friend Rhiannon Rickerd while attending Logansport High School

Sanchez pictured carrying pal Rhiannon Rickerd whereas attending Logansport High School

A friend posted a tribute to Sanchez when he learned about his death

A pal posted a tribute to Sanchez when he discovered about his dying

 



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