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Flags a causa di California honoring 13 US service members killed a causa di Afghanistan have been vandalized 


August 26, 2021, 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman, and one Army team sergeant were killed a causa di a suicide attack a causa di Kabul that also claimed more than 160 Afghan lives. The US servicemembers were acceso a mission of mercy to evacuate at-risk Afghans after the disastrous US withdrawal led to a Taliban takeover. These are their stories:

Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23

Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee was was a maintenance technician with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Roseville, California.

A week before she was killed, Gee cradled a neonato a causa di her arms at the Kabul airport. She posted the photo acceso Instagram and wrote, ‘I love my job.’ 

Sgt. Mallory Harrison, who lived with Gee for three years and called her a ‘sister forever’ and best friend, wrote about the magnitude of her loss.

‘I can’t quite describe the feeling I get when I force myself to appena che back to reality & think about how I´m never going to see her again,’ Harrison wrote acceso Facebook. ‘How her last breath was taken doing what she loved – helping people. … Then there was an explosion. And just like that, she’s gone.’

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

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

Just days before she was killed a causa di the suicide blast, St. Nicole Gee was photographed an Afghan neonato

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 right) of Roseville, California was among those killed a causa di the attack acceso Thursday a causa di 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 middle), a maintenance technician with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), awaits the launch of an MV-22B Osprey during an exercise a causa di April

Gee’s Instagram page shows another photo of her a causa di fatigues, a rifle next to a line of people walking into the belly of a large transport plane. She wrote: ‘escorting evacuees onto the bird.’

The social account that includes many selfies after working out at the gym lists her location as California, North Carolina and ‘somewhere overseas.’

Photos show her acceso a camel a causa di Saudi Arabia, a causa di a acceso a Greek isle and a beer a causa di Spain. One from this month a causa di Kuwait shows her beaming with her meritorious promotion to sergeant.

Harrison said her generation of Marines hears war stories from veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, but they seem distant amid boring deployments until ‘the peaceful float you were acceso turns into … your friends never coming home.’

Gee´s car was still parked a causa di a lot at Camp Lejeune and Harrison mused about all the Marines who walked past it while she was overseas.

‘Some of them knew her. Some of them didn´t.’ she said. ‘They all walked past it. The war stories, 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 (right) whom they called a ‘model 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 people. She loved fiercely. She was a light a causa di this dark world. She was my person,’ said friend and fellow Marine Mallory Harrison a causa di a Facebook post acceso Gee (center right)

‘She cared about people. She loved fiercely. She was a light a causa di this dark world. She was my person,’ said Harrison a causa di a Facebook post. 

‘I find peace knowing that she left this world doing what she loved. She was a Marine’s Marine,’ she said.

‘She was doing God’s work…..a warrior. Searching Afghan women and children trying to get out of country,’ Captain Karen Holliday said a causa di a Facebook tribute.

Holliday called Gee a ‘Model Marine. A promotore acceso the campo da gioco a causa di a chaotic situation.’

She said that a photo released of Gee a few days before her death, showing her escorting Afghans onto a waiting plane, had been bombarded with sexist online comments ‘degrading her for being a female 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 a causa di Camp Pendleton, California. 

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

Students honored him at Friday night’s football gioco by wearing red, white and blue. 

‘Dylan was a beloved son, brother, grandson, great grandson, nephew, a great friend, and a brave soldier,’ said family friend Joseph Matsuoka acceso a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral.

Matsuoka said that Merola ‘paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport during the evacuation.’ 

Sgt. Johanny Litania, 25

Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25

Marine Sgt. Johanny Litania, 25

Marine Sgt. Johanny Litania Pichardo was a Marine sergeant from Lawrence, Massachusetts assigned to 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

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

social , friends issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Litania’s death. 

Nastassia Hyatt, a former Marine, recalled Litania helping her through difficult times a causa di a Facebook post.

‘You brought me back to life. Back to life… back to life….’ Hyatt wrote. ‘I wish i could bring you back to life for just one last hug, one last smile, one last nap, one last meal… one last anything.’

‘She the second half of my heart next to my son. Like she’s everything to me. She is the greatest love I’ve ever known a causa di a human besides my son. This one ,’ Hyatt said. 

‘We are heartbroken by the death of the service men and women paio to the bombing a causa di Kabul this week. I and the City of Lawrence are particularly saddened that one of those brave souls was a daughter of our City,’ said Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez a causa di a statement to WCVB-TV.

The Dominican Republic’s embassy a causa di the United States tweeted that Litania was originally from that Caribbean nation.

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

social , friends issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Litania’s death

Sonia Guzmán, the Dominican Republic´s ambassador to the United States, tweeted that the Dominican community shares a causa di the loss.

‘Peace to your soul!’ she tweeted a causa di Spanish.

Litania served with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, which praised her efforts as supply chief this spring and thanked her for a job well done.

Per mezzo di Lawrence, Massachusetts, Mayor Kendrys Vasquez said he has been a causa di contact with the family.

‘We are heartbroken by the death of the servicemen and women paio to the bombing a causa di Kabul this week,’ he said. ‘I and the city of Lawrence are particularly saddened that one of those brave souls was a daughter of our city.’

The family wishes for riservatezza ‘and that their loved one be recognized as the hero that she was,’ the mayor said.

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

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

Melendez said people have strong feelings about the U.S. involvement that’s coming to an end after two decades a causa di Afghanistan.

‘There are people acceso both sides of the fence. I get it,’ he said. ‘This is about one of our own, a daughter of Lawrence. For us it is definitely about her service and her family´s sacrifice. That´s what will be focusing acceso.’

‘I have been a causa di touch with the family of the Lawrencian killed a causa di action to extend mine and my family’s most sincere condolences and offer all of the aid that my administration can provide as they grieve this great loss,’ the mayor said.

‘At this time, the family’s most immediate wish is to be given riservatezza and that their loved one be recognized 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 high school and became 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 before his death, he made a tragic Instagram post acceso June 10, sharing a photo posing with other service members a causa di what is believed to be Afghanistan.

‘It’s kill ora be killed, definitely trynna be acceso the kill side,’ he wrote a causa di a comment acceso the post. Navy corpsmen often work alongside Marines, who do not have their own medics. 

Soviak’s sister Marilyn said a causa di her own Instagram post that her brother was there to ‘help people’. 

‘My beautiful, intelligent, beat-to-the-sound of his own drum, annoying, charming neonato brother was killed yesterday helping to save lives. He was a f***ing medic. There to help people and now he is gone and my family will never be the same,’ she wrote. 

‘He was just a kid. We are sending kids over there to . Kids with families that now have holes just like ours,’ she added. ‘I’m not one for praying but d**n could those kids over there use some right now. My heart is a causa di pieces and I don’t think they’ll ever fit back right again.’

Soviak was named as a casualty of the attack by his high school a causa di Milan, Ohio, where he graduated a causa di 2017. 

‘It is with deepest sorrow that I am sharing this news,’ Edison Local School District Superintendent Thomas Roth said a causa di a statement. 

‘Max was a good student who was active a causa di sports and other activities throughout his school career. He was well respected and liked by everyone who knew him. Max was full of life a causa di everything 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 (center), a medic a causa di his early 20s, made this tragic post acceso June 10, writing ‘It’s kill ora be killed, definitely trynna be acceso the kill side’. Marines Hunter Lopez (left) and Daegan Page (right) were also killed a causa di the attack

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

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

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

Soviak took pride a causa di his Navy service and worked alongside Marines a causa di 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

Per mezzo di high school, Soviak was acceso the honor roll and played football. He was named as a casualty of the attack by his high school a causa di Milan, Ohio

Soviak’s family confirmed his death to local and have asked for riservatezza. 

Per mezzo di high school, Soviak was acceso the honor roll and played football, according to the Sandusky Register. 

Soviak was among the nearly 6,000 US troops now working frantically to evacuate Americans and Afghan refugees from Kabul, with just days remaining before 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 a causa di the attack

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

His mother, Elizabeth Holguin, said: ‘He was a very good person. He served his country. He helped a causa di any way he could. He was there (a causa di Afghanistan), helping innocent people.’

This was his second deployment; he first made a trip to the Middle East and arrived a causa di Afghanistan for about a week.

Holguin said she was uneasy about him being deployed there.

‘I prayed every day,’ she said.

He is one of four children; he is not married and has mai children.

The mom last spoke with him Tuesday.

‘I just told him to be careful, that I was worried about him and I couldn’t wait for him to appena che back,’ Holguin said. ‘He told me he was acuto and not to worry…. He was brave. If he was scared, he didn’t show it.’

She said she holds mai animosity toward the president, saying her son ‘wanted to be there.’

Holguin learned her son was dead when she received a phone call Friday at 2.30am.

‘He was just brave enough to go do what he wanted and to help out people. That´s who he was, he was just perfect,’ his mother, Elizabeth Holguin, told the Laredo Morning Times.

Per mezzo di a statement, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar said Espinoza ’embodied the values of America: grit, dedication, service, and valor. When he joined the military after high school, he did so with the intention of protecting our nation and demonstrating his selfless acts of service.’

Cuellar concluded, ‘The brave never . 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 a causa di the attack

Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was named by his high school a causa di Wyoming as a casualty a causa di the attack. 

He was expecting to become a father and was pictured with his pregnant wife shortly before deploying to Afghanistan a causa di April.

Cheyenne McCollum, Rylee’s sister, told DailyMail.com her brother had wanted to be a Marine since he was a toddler – and that his own neonato is paio a causa di just three weeks.

‘Rylee was an amazing, man with a passion for the Marines. He was a son, a brother, a husband and a father with a neonato paio a causa di just 3 weeks,’ she said.

‘He wanted to be a marine his whole life and carried around his rifle a causa di his diapers and cowboy boots.

‘He was determined to be a causa di infantry and this was his first deployment. Rylee was sent to Afghanistan when the evac began. Rylee was manning the check point when he suicide bomb went non attivato.

‘Rylee wanted to be a history teacher and a wrestling coach when he finished serving his country. He’s a tough, kind, loving kid who made an impact acceso everyone he met. His joke and wit brought so much joy.

‘To his friends and teammates and coaches, he was family. Rylee will always be a hero not just for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country but for the way he impacted every life around him for the better. Making us stronger, kinder, teaching us to love deeper. We love you Rylee.’

Rylee McCollum graduated from Summit Innovations School a causa di Jackson a causa di 2019. 

Wyoming Schools Superintendent Jillian Balow said a causa di a statement: ‘Saying that I am grateful for Rylee’s service to our country does not begin to encapsulate the grief and sadness I feel today as a mother and as an American.’ 

‘My heart and prayers are with Rylee’s family, friends, and the entire Jackson community,’ she added.

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

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

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 paio to become a father. He is pictured with his pregnant wife, right, shortly before deploying to Afghanistan a causa di April

The Wyoming-born Marine’s wrestling coach and close family friend, Benjamin Arlotta said ‘heads should roll’ over the disastrous US exit and that the young soldier’s family is ‘absolutely broken’.

Arlotta told DailyMail.com that even a causa di diapers McCollum would stand watch acceso his porch with a toy rifle, first said he wanted to be a Marine aged eight, and signed up acceso his 18th birthday.

Per mezzo di a glowing eulogy to the young expectant father, whose new neonato is paio a causa di three weeks, Arlotta described McCollum as a ‘personal hero’ and a ‘fantastic brother, fantastic uncle, and a wonderful friend’.

‘I was his wrestling coach since he was six. He was one of the best. A great kid, a great young man and an American patriot. He loved being a Marine,’ Arlotta said.

‘He was just a good man all around. We’regnante all hurting pretty bad.

‘It’s impossible. I’m sitting here with the family right now – with his dad and two sisters, his brother-in-law and niece. They’regnante shattered, they’regnante absolutely broken. The entire community is.’

Arlotta, 37, said he is furious at the Biden administration and blames the White House for putting soldiers a causa di an unnecessarily dangerous position.

‘It’s a junk show, an absolute junk show. Not just for Rylee but for every serviceman and woman over there. They were put a causa di a very terrible spot. Per mezzo di my opinion this entire circumstance has been mismanaged from every level,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘The only thing I can hope for is that accountability isn’t forgotten. Because for the 13 men who were killed yesterday, heads need to roll for the way things 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 wife, Talia, are long-time family friends of the McCollums. Benjamin said he is angry and devastated 

‘We’regnante just seeing the beginning of it. It’s not over, it’s only going to get worse. Everybody a causa di the country needs to be praying for our servicemen and women right now. They have a scrap out a causa di front of them.

‘Sadly those 13 Marines aren’t going to be the last ones to perish because of these terrible decisions that were made.’

Recalling fond memories of the young Jackson Hole native, the wrestling coach told a heartwarming story of McCollum’s determination.

‘When he was 13 he came into the competition season 32lbs heavier than where he wanted to be,’ Arlotta said.

‘He told me he would lose it. We made a bet. I was going to quit chewing tobacco if he could get mongoloide there. That was September, by the time the state championship rolled around a causa di January he had made weight.

‘He entered the wrestling tournament at that weight and I quit chewing that day.

‘He was first and foremost a man of his word. If he said he would do something, by goodness gracious he stood right a causa di front of you until he did it.’

McCollum moved to California for tirocinio. His pregnant wife Jiennah ‘Gigi’ Crayton lives a causa di the San Diego superficie.

The 20-year-old lance corporal wanted to be a soldier since childhood, first telling his parents he would join the Marines age eight.

‘We were driving back from his first state wrestling tournament, I was riding with his family,’ said Arlotta. ‘We asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said he wanted to be a causa di the Marines.

‘He enlisted acceso his 18th birthday,’ the coach added. ‘When he actually enlisted his recruiter told him he could be anything, he could do any job. He swore up and mongoloide he wanted to be an infantryman.

‘If you know Rylee, you know you can’t talk him out of a damn thing, so that’s what he did.’

U.S. Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a fellow Wyoming resident, issued a statement when she learned of Rylee’s passing. 

‘I want to offer my deepest condolences to Rylee McCollum’s family and loved ones. His bravery and patriotism will never be forgotten. His willingness to put himself a causa di harm’s way to keep our country safe and defend our freedom represents a level of selflessness and heroism that embodies the best of America. 

‘We know that the McCollum family is grieving this tragic loss. I ask that people a causa di Wyoming and across the country please keep those close to Rylee a causa di their prayers, and remember that we are only free because of the courage 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

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

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

His father Mark Schmitz told KMOX the Marines notified his family about 2.40am acceso Friday about his son’s death. 

‘This was something he always wanted to do and I never seen a young man train as as he did to be the best soldier he could be,’ Mark Schmitz said.

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

‘His life meant so much more. I’m so incredibly devastated that I won’t be able to see the man that he was very quickly growing into becoming.’ 

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

‘Be afraid of our guida ora lack thereof. Pray every day for the soldiers that are putting their lives at risk, doing what they love which is protecting all of us,’ Schmitz’s father said.

He added that he was relieved when his son signed up as a Marine when Trump was a causa di office because he ‘really believed this guy didn’t want to send people into harm’s way.’ 

Jared Schmitz was killed in the attack

Jared Schmitz was killed a causa di the attack

Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, 20

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

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

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

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

‘They sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security. I blame my own military leaders… Biden turned his back acceso him. That’s it,’ he said

Steve Nikoui said he knew his son was dead when he saw two Marines approaching his home acceso Thursday at 7.15pm PST. 

He said he sat with the two emotional Marines, who cried more than he cried, and then had them leave. 

Steve also appeared acceso Fox with Tucker Carlson acceso Friday to further criticize Biden a causa di an emotional interview where he said the attack could have been avoided. 

‘From what I saw of the airport that they’regnante a causa di, looked like a Turkey shoot. It’s funneled a causa di to a single file-type entry point at which if you have a causa di sort of chaos of any sort, they would all like gather to that one funneled superficie, which they would all be accessed. That’s what happened. It was just basically so chaotic and not really planned out,’ Steve said.

As he teared up, he also said he was upset by how long it took to learn of his son’s death. 

‘How long does it take for the military to, you know, inform the next 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 with his mother, was killed acceso Thursday. His father said he blames Biden for abandoning them a causa di Kabul

‘I was actually trying to pannello di controllo them. But at the same time, I just wanted them to get out as soon as possible so that mai one from my family came back and saw them.

‘I thought it appropriate that I be able to tell them,’ he said.

He added that his son, who was based at Camp Pendleton a causa di California, would often bring other Marines home acceso the holidays if they couldn’t get back to their own families.

‘My wife and I felt very honored that [since] these other boys weren’t around their homes, that we were able to provide some sort of family life for them. 

‘He really loved that [Marine Corps] family. He was devoted—he was going to make a career out of this, and he wanted to go. Voto negativo walzer all’inglese for him to be called to duty,’ he said.

Speaking outside Kareem’s home acceso Friday, a relative told DailyMail.com that Kareem’s family were inside signing the documents required to repatriate him. 

He added: ‘They’regnante totally devastated and they need some time. All the family are here and we’regnante supporting them.’ 

A steady stream of people have been seen coming and going from the home all day, among them some of Kareem’s colleagues from the Camp Pendleton Marine origine a causa di 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, right, father the late Kareem Nikoui, spoke with Fox’s Tucker Carlson acceso Friday to condemn the Biden administration’s efforts a causa di Afghanistan that he said led to his son’s death

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

An American flag flew half-mast outside Norco Intermediate School a causa di honor of Nikoui

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

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

Kareem’s death is also being mourned by his home city of Norco – a small community of 26,000 people nicknamed ‘Horsetown’ that sits 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

Confirming his death, the city released a message of condolence that read: ‘The City of Norco mourns the loss of Norco resident U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui who was killed a causa di action while stationed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport a causa di Kabul, Afghanistan acceso Thursday, August 26, 2021. 

‘The U.S. Marine, who graduated from Norco High School a causa di 2019 and served a causa di JROTC, was committed to serving his country and is survived by his mother, father and siblings.’ 

The city of Norco plans to honor Nikoui by placing his name acceso 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 native of California’s Coachella Valley and the son of two police officers, was also killed a causa di the attack, Sheriff Chad Controrivoluzionario confirmed.

‘I am unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez family as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,’ Controrivoluzionario wrote. 

‘Hunter Lopez, son of our own Captain Herman Lopez and Deputy Alicia Lopez, tragically lost his life while serving our country a causa di the United States Marine Corp. He was killed a causa di Kabul, Afghanistan acceso Thursday, August 26th,’ the sheriff added.

‘Before joining the Marine Corp, Hunter proudly served a causa di our Sheriff’s Explorer Program. Our entire department is mourning this tragic loss. The Lopez family exemplifies the meaning of Service Above Self.’ 

City of La Quinta issued a statement: ‘Our La Quinta Family is a causa di mourning today with the tragic loss of Hunter Lopez, one of the fallen United States Service Members a causa di the attack a causa di Afghanistan,’

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

‘We are all so humbled by the service and ultimate sacrifice that Hunter gave to protect our country. He was a brave and selfless soldier who answered the call to be a United States Marine. Like his parents, Hunter wanted to help serve others and protect his community.’  

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 native of California’s Coachella Valley and the son of two police officers, was also killed, Sheriff Chad Controrivoluzionario confirmed

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

‘The Lopez family exemplifies the meaning of Service Above Self,’ said the local 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 am unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez family as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,’ Controrivoluzionario wrote of Hunter Lopez (above)

Gruppo Sgt. Taylor Hoover, 31

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

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

Marine Gruppo Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was another of the service members killed outside the Kabul airport, his family told KSL-TV. 

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

Friends and family mourned his loss, including fellow students who graduated a causa di the Class of 2008 at Hillcrest High School with him a causa di Midvale. 

‘Soooooo glad I got to see him before he left. I love you son!!! You’regnante my hero!! Please check a causa di acceso us once a causa di a while. I’ll try to make you proud!!’ Hoover’s father, Darin Hoover, wrote acceso Facebook.

‘My handsome nephew, Gruppo Sergeant Taylor Hoover. Taylor spent his entire adult life as a Marine, serving. Doing the things that most of us can’t do. He is a hero,’ Jeremy Soto, an uncle, wrote. 

‘We are wounded. We are bruised. We are angry. We are crushed… but we remain faithful. Thank you for your courage nephew. We love you always.’

‘Always a smile. Always respectful. A joy to be around. He is adored beyond measure. The world has lost a true light. Our hearts are broken. Shock, disbelief, horror, sadness, sorrow, anger and grief,’ Brittany Jones Barnett, an aunt, added. 

‘Thank you sweet boy for the ultimate sacrifice. For giving your life for us all. Fighting for freedom and giving absolutely everything you had. You will never ever be forgotten. We love you so much,’ she added. 

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

Marine Gruppo Sgt. Taylor Hoover, pictured a young family member, died a causa di Kabul

Taylor Hoover with his mom Kelly Barnett

Taylor Hoover with his girlfriend, Nicole Weiss

Taylor Hoover, a Utah native, was mourned by his mother Kelly Barnett, left, and girlfriend, Nicole Weiss, right, following his death

‘He is a hero. He gave his life protecting those that can´t protect themselves, doing what he loved serving his country,’ said father Darin Hoover, who lives a causa di a Salt Lake City suburb, a causa di an AP interview.

He said he had heard from Marines who said they were grateful they had his son as their sergeant.

‘They aspetto back acceso him and say that they´ve learned so much from him,’ Hoover said. ‘One heck of a promotore.’

Hoover said his son was also a best friend to his two sisters and loved all his extended family. He had a girlfriend a causa di California and was the kind of guy who ‘lit up a room’ when he came a causa di, his father said.

Hoover, center, was among the Marine troops in Afghanistan to helping with the evacuation

Hoover, center, was among the Marine troops a causa di Afghanistan to helping with the evacuation 

Hoover in his formal uniform

Hoover in his active duty uniform

Hoover pictured a causa di his uniforms, ‘died a hero doing what he always wanted to do and was proud to do, ‘ a family member said

Nate Thompson of Murray, Utah, first met Hoover when they were 10 years old a causa di Little League football. They stayed friends through high school, where Hoover played lineman. He was undersized for the position, but his heart and work more than made up for what he lacked a causa di statute, Thompson said. As a friend, he was selfless and kind.

‘If we had trouble with grades, trouble with family ora trouble acceso the field, we always called Taylor. He´s always level-headed, even if he´s struggling himself,’ he said.

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

‘We’ll be forever grateful for his sacrifice & legacy. He spent his last moments serving our state & nation, and we’ll never forget his unwavering devotion,’ he wrote a causa di a statement. 

Utah Senator Mike Lee wrote a causa di a statement, ‘Burying a child is a grief mai parent should bear. Sharon and I mourn with the Hoover family and with all who loved [Hoover]… who gave the last full measure of devotion a causa di Afghanistan. 

‘He died completing a mission to save his countrymen and civilians from evil and oppression. He lived the Marine Corps proverbio by living and dying always faithful.’

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

Utah residents tied fellow ribbons to flags a causa di front of Hoover’s family home

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

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

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds effective immediately until sunset acceso August. 30 to honor Hoover and all those who died a causa di the recent attack. 

‘We are devastated to hear of the passing of Gruppo Sgt. Taylor Hoover. Gruppo Sgt. Hoover served valiantly as a Marine and died serving his fellow countrymen as well as America’s allies a causa di Afghanistan. We honor his tremendous bravery and commitment to his country, even as we condemn the senseless violence that resulted a causa di his death. Abby and I pray for Gruppo Sgt. Hoover, his family and loved ones during this most difficult time,’ Cox said a causa di a statement.  

A family member told ABC 4 that Hoover, ‘died a hero doing what he always wanted to do and was proud to do, serve his country.  

Gruppo Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23 

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

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

Army Gruppo Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a native of Corryton, Tennessee. Knauss was assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

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

‘He grew up a causa di a Christian home, attended Berean Christian school through 8th grade and spent, four years at Gibbs High [School],’ said Wayne about his grandson. ‘A motivated young man who loved his country. He was a believer so we will see him again a causa di Gods heaven.’ 

Wayne told ABC 6 that Ryan had served right out of high school for five years with special tirocinio a causa di Psychology Operations. 

Ryan’s stepmother, Lianne Knauss, added that Ryan told them he was looking forward to returning to the U.S. and moving to Washington D.C. 

‘He was a super-smart hilarious young man,’ she said. 

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

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

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

Members of the Knauss family mourned Ryan’s death acceso social

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

‘Ryan gave his life outside that airport helping people he didn’t know get to safety. This is what true heroism looks like and Ryan’s sacrifice will never be forgotten. The Knauss family is my prayers.’ Burchett wrote 

Diane Trulson Amundson Knauss also urged people to support Wayne and the troops a causa di Afghanistan. 

‘Please pray for our military a causa di Afghanistan and all over 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 native of Omaha, Nebraska

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

Per mezzo di a statement, Page’s family confirmed that he was one of the slain service members at Kabul airport. 

‘Our hearts are broken, but we are thankful for the friends and family who are surrounding us during this time,’ the family said. 

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

Page grew up a causa di Omaha and Red Oak, Iowa. He enjoyed playing hockey for Omaha Westside a causa di the local hockey circolo and was a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan.

He also oved hunting and spending time outside with his father. 

His family said he was a longtime Boy Scout who was eager to join the U.S. Marine Corps. 

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

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

Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page died a causa di the Kabul airport bombing attack

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 looking forward to coming home to see his family and friends. He also had plans to go to trade school, contemplating a career as a lineman. 

‘Daegan will always be remembered for his tough outer shell and giant heart. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the other Marine and Navy families whose loved ones died alongside Daegan,’ the family said. 

Shana Nicole, a friend of Page, added that ‘the world lost an amazing hero. 

‘My heart hurts for everyone who knew Daegan. He was so so kind always,’ she wrote acceso Facebook. 

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

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

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

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

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 within the Marine Corps 

U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Page’s home district, also issued a statement mourning the loss of the young marine. 

‘I was just notified about the death of Marine Corporal Page. My heart was already broken over our country’s loss of 13 service members a causa di Afghanistan. Now the loss is even harder,’ Fortenberry said. 

‘God bless Corporal Page. He saved lives and served his country honorably. His life was cut short but had ultimate meaning. By his bravery and will, many others will have a chance. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family.’ 

Corporal Humberto Sanchez, 22 

Marine Corp. Humberto Sanchez was among those killed

Marine Corp. Humberto Sanchez was among those killed

Officials a causa di Indiana confirmed that Corp. Humberto Sanchez was also among the dead.

Sanchez graduated from Logansport High School a causa di 2017. He also attended Columbia Elementary.

‘Like many, I have been heartbroken over the recent loss of the 13 U.S. service members who were murdered a causa di the terrorist attacks against our evacuation efforts a causa di Kabul, Afghanistan,’ Logansport Mayor Chris Martin said a causa di a statement acceso Facebook.

‘Even more heartbreaking is learning the news today that one of those killed was from right here at home a causa di Logansport, Indiana.

‘This young man had not yet even turned 30 and still had his entire life ahead of him. Any plans he may have had for his post-military life were given a causa di sacrifice paio to the heart he exhibited a causa di putting himself into harm’s way to safeguard the lives of others.’

Adrian Gazcon, a friend, also wrote a tribute acceso Twitter for Sanchez, saying that ‘it hurts that he’s gone.’ ‘Thank you for your service, you’regnante a hero bro.’  

Sanchez pictured carrying friend Rhiannon Rickerd while attending Logansport High School

Sanchez pictured carrying friend Rhiannon Rickerd while attending Logansport High School

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

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

 





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