13 U.S. service members had been killed in a suicide bombing assault close to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport on Thursday as 1000’s sought to flee following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
Amongst them had been 11 Marines, in accordance with the Pentagon, plus one Navy hospital corpsman and one Military soldier. A minimum of 18 different U.S. service members had been injured, and a minimum of 169 Afghans had been additionally killed.
The Afghan victims included a information company founder. British officers additionally stated there have been two residents and the kid of one other citizen among the many useless.
President Joe Biden recommended the “bravery and sacrifice” of the U.S. navy Friday, calling the 13 deaths “tragic” however saying they died for a “worthy mission.”
Names and different particulars of the service members killed had been launched by the Division of Protection on Saturday:
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas
- Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California
- Marine Corps Workers Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah
- U.S. Military Workers Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee
- Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, Jackson, Wyoming
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California
- Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Web page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska
- Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts
- Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana
- Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri
- Navy Hospital Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
These are their tales:
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza
Town of Laredo, Texas, honored considered one of its personal, fallen Marine David Lee Espinoza.
“Thanks in your service to the US of America and Laredo. Your acts of braveness and bravado will at all times be remembered in our neighborhood,” town stated in a press release.
Espinoza was born in Laredo however grew up in Rio Bravo, KGNS-TV reported. He attended Lyndon B. Johnson Excessive Faculty in Laredo.
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee
Every week in the past, Nicole Gee, 23, posted a photograph on Instagram that confirmed her holding a child on the Kabul airport. She added a easy, profound remark: “I like my job.” The identical picture was posted by the Division of Protection on Aug. 21.
Gee, from Sacramento, California, served as a upkeep technician with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. On her Instagram web page, she described herself as a “optimistic psychological perspective advocate.” The areas listed on her web page embrace California, North Carolina and “someplace abroad.”
One other picture on Gee’s Instagram web page reveals her earlier within the week, on obligation along with her rifle subsequent to a line of individuals ready to board a transport airplane. She described her project as “escorting evacuees onto the hen.”
Different latest Instagram images present Gee with mates in Spain, the place they shared a toast, and Greece. Different footage present the Marine using a camel in Saudi Arabia and receiving her promotion to sergeant.
“By no means would have imagined having my Sergeant promotion meritoriously in Kuwait,” she wrote of the promotion in a put up shared three weeks in the past.
Marine Corps Workers Sgt. Taylor Hoover
Flags flew at half-staff in Utah as extra flags lined the road outdoors the household house of Marine Darin Taylor Hoover.
The Division of Protection confirmed Hoover’s demise on Saturday. A number of media retailers reported Hoover glided by his center identify.
Hoover, 31, was remembered by household as a hero who lived to serve.
“He gave his life defending these that may’t defend themselves, doing what he liked: Serving his nation,” stated his father, Darin Hoover.
Taylor Hoover served within the Marines for 11 years.
Darin Hoover stated Taylor was finest mates together with his two sisters and left behind a girlfriend in California. He described his son as somebody who “lit up a room.”
Darin Hoover stated different Marines who labored together with his son reached out to him to say how a lot they discovered from him.
“One heck of a frontrunner,” Darin Hoover stated.
Gov. Spencer Cox confirmed the employees sergeant’s demise in a press release Friday and thanked him for his service, saying, “We’ll always remember his unwavering devotion.”
US Military Workers Sgt. Ryan Knauss
Preliminary stories of Thursday’s assault stated the slain People had been all Marines except for a Navy hospital corpsman, making the information of Military Workers Sgt. Ryan Knauss’ demise “fairly a shock” to his household, his grandmother Evelena Knauss advised The Each day Beast.
“We had been led to suppose that it was 12 Marines and one Navy, and we knew our grandson was within the Military,” she stated. “So we had been praying for the households of the Marines, not understanding our grandson was one of many ones who misplaced his life. … You simply don’t suppose it is going to be yours.”
Ryan Knauss had already served a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. He grew up in Tennessee and joined the Military after graduating from Gibbs Excessive Faculty in Corryton, close to Knoxville.
In a press release, U.S. Sen. Invoice Hagerty of Tennessee described Knauss as a “courageous, honorable, and heroic man – a Tennessee volunteer – who, with a servant’s coronary heart, gave every little thing of himself at simply 23 years previous for his state and the nation that he liked dearly.”
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez
Hunter Lopez was from a household with deep roots in California’s Coachella Valley. He was the son of two Riverside County Sheriff’s Division workers.
“We’re heartbroken to listen to this unhappy information about Hunter, who selected to observe a lifetime of service, selflessness, braveness and sacrifice, like his mother and father,” the information launch reads.
The sheriff’s affiliation stated Lopez was a Riverside Sheriff’s Explorer Scout with the Palm Desert Station from September 2014 to August 2017. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines and was planning on becoming a member of the sheriff’s division when he returned from deployment, in accordance with the discharge.
“Like his mother and father, Hunter needed to assist serve others and defend his neighborhood,” La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans stated. “Our Metropolis Council and employees ask the neighborhood to hitch us in prayer and assist for the Lopez household, as they navigate by this troublesome time.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum
Rylee McCollum was a Marine and an expectant father, Wyoming state officers stated Friday.
“I am devastated to study Wyoming misplaced considered one of our personal in yesterday’s terrorist assault in Kabul,” Gov. Mark Gordon stated in a press release thanking McCollum for his service.
McCollum attended Jackson Gap Excessive Faculty and Summit Improvements Faculty, graduating in 2019.
Roice McCollum, Rylee’s older sister, confirmed to the Casper Star-Tribune that McCollum was anticipating a child in three weeks.
“He needed to be a Marine his complete life and carried round his rifle in his diapers and cowboy boots,” McCollum’s sister advised the Star-Tribune. “He was decided to be in infantry. … Rylee needed to be a historical past instructor and a wrestling coach when he completed serving his nation. He is a tricky, type, loving child who made an affect on everybody he met. His joke and wit introduced a lot pleasure.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola
Marine Dylan Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, is being praised by household, mates and neighbors for his generosity and bravado. Merola was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Drive out of Camp Pendleton, California.
Cheryl Merola, his mom, advised the Los Angeles CBS affiliate her son was “type, loving” and “would give something to anyone.”
In an on-camera interview with the station, she recalled Dylan’s final cellphone message to her: “‘Mother, I will not be capable of speak to you for a short while. We’re being despatched to a distinct location. I like you and I’ll speak to you as quickly as I get house.'”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui
Family and friends are mourning the demise of Marine Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui, a California native.
In a press release, town of Norco stated Nikoui graduated from Norco Excessive Faculty in 2019 after becoming a member of junior ROTC, after which turned a Marine.
Steve Nikoui, Kareem’s father, advised The Each day Beast that he’s upset with President Joe Biden, and is attempting to “respect the workplace,” though he supported former President Donald Trump.
“I blame my very own navy leaders. … Biden turned his again on him. That is it,” Steve Nikoui stated.
In a press release, the Norco Excessive Faculty Air Drive JROTC stated Kareem Nikoui was “among the best” of its 2019 graduates.
“Kareem was set on being a Marine & at all times needed to serve his nation. Kareem made the last word sacrifice for his nation and his reminiscence will stay on without end,” the junior ROTC stated in a press release.
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Web page
Daegan W. Web page of Omaha, Nebraska, was raised in Purple Oak, Iowa, and within the Omaha space. He joined the Marines after graduating from Millard South Excessive Faculty, his household stated in a press release.
Web page served within the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment based mostly at Camp Pendleton, California. He deliberate to go to commerce faculty and presumably turn into a lineman after his enlistment ended, the assertion stated.
Web page’s household remembered him “for his powerful outer shell and big coronary heart,” in accordance with a press release revealed by the Omaha World-Herald.
“Our hearts are damaged,” the assertion stated. “However we’re grateful for the family and friends who’re surrounding us throughout this time.”
The Marine’s household stated Web page liked the brotherhood of the Corps.
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo
Marine Johanny Rosariopichardo acquired reward and condolences in her house state of Massachusetts within the days after Thursday’s lethal assault.
Gov. Charlie Baker known as Rosariopichardo, 25, who attended highschool within the northeastern Massachusetts metropolis of Lawrence, “a Massachusetts hero gone too quickly.”
Rosariopichardo, who additionally used the surname Rosario, was assigned to the fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Assist Exercise Bahrain, in accordance with the Protection Division.
Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez issued a press release saying he was “heartbroken” on the lack of “a daughter of our metropolis.” Her household requested for privateness “and that their liked one be acknowledged because the hero that she was,” he stated.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez
Hometown training officers and members of Congress known as for individuals to recollect the sacrifice of Marine Humberto Sanchez.
In a Fb put up, U.S. Rep. Jim Baird, whose district consists of Logansport, the place Sanchez is from, requested Hoosiers to wish for the Marine’s household.
“He bravely answered the decision to serve his nation, and I’m each happy with his service and deeply saddened by his loss,” Baird wrote within the Fb put up. “Might we always remember Corporal Sanchez’s identify or his heroism to a grateful nation.”
In a Fb put up of his personal, Sen. Mike Braun known as Sanchez “an American hero.”
“His service and sacrifice won’t ever be forgotten,” Braun wrote.
The Logansport Neighborhood Faculty Corp. stated Sanchez was a Logansport Excessive Faculty graduate.
“We’re without end indebted to the service women and men who danger all of it to guard others,” the college district tweeted. “We are going to always remember the names of those that paid the last word sacrifice.”
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz
“This has simply been completely devastating,” Mark Schmitz advised a St. Louis space radio station about the demise of his son Jared Schmitz.
Mark Schmitz advised KMOX that the U.S. Marine Corps got here to his house to ship “the horrific information” round 2:40 a.m. Friday.
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley confirmed the demise in a press release posted to Twitter.
“Immediately I spoke with the household of Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz…a Marine who misplaced his life yesterday within the Kabul assaults, whereas proudly serving this nation. I promised his household that his service and his legacy is not going to be forgotten,” Hawley wrote.
Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak
The Edison Native Faculties district in Ohio on Friday introduced the demise of Max Soviak, a 2017 graduate of Edison Excessive in Milan.
“It’s with deepest sorrow that I’m sharing this information,” Superintendent Thomas Roth stated in a press release. “Max was a superb pupil who was lively in sports activities and different actions all through his faculty profession. He was properly revered and appreciated by everybody who knew him. Max was vigorous in every little thing he did.”
At Edison Excessive Faculty, Soviak was a member of the soccer group, wrestling group, tennis group, monitor group and band, Roth advised USA TODAY. Earlier than becoming a member of the Navy, Soviak labored as a lifeguard and as a upkeep technician, The Sandusky Register reported.
Contributing: The Related Press