士兵, 24, who was among last to leave Afghanistan during catastrophic US withdrawal is one of three suspected suicides in two days being investigated at Fort Drum army base
Three soldiers at an army base in New York are suspected to have died by suicide within just 48 小时, with one of them being among the last of the troops to leave 阿富汗 just one month ago.
Pfc. Tyler Thomas, 21, Spc. Sika Tapueluelu, 26, and Staff Sgt. Angel Green, 24, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, all allegedly committed suicide within two days of each other in mid-September at Fort Drum army base in New York.
Staff Sgt. 绿色的, 绿色的, an infantryman assigned to 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment (The Polar Bears), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, was one of the last soldiers to return home during the chaotic and bloody US pull out of Afghanistan at the end of August and didn’t return to New York until September 6.
Major Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr., division commander, declared he is committed to discovering the reasons behind his soldiers’ deaths which were officially announced by a Fort Drum spokesperson on September 19.
‘Immediately when we have a situation when a Soldier is suspected of taking their own life, we want to know the trigger,’ the commander said in a statement.
‘What are the underlying challenges that contributed to the decision to harm themselves? We want to know what didn’t we catch? What are we missing? This is what our immediate focus is.’
Their deaths are currently being treated as unrelated according to investigators, while unit leaders insisted that each death will be looked at individually.
Staff Sgt. 绿色的, 绿色的, an infantryman assigned to 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment (The Polar Bears), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, was one of the last soldiers to return home during the chaotic US pull out of Afghanistan at the end of August and didn’t return to New York until September 6
Specialist Sika Tapueluelu, 26, was a cannon crewmember from Tukwila, 华盛顿州
Private First Class Tyler Thomas, 21, pictured in what is thought to be the last image he sent to his mother saying everything was okay – days before he died
Pfc. Tyler Thomas, 21, Spc. Sika Tapueluelu, 26, and Staff Sgt. Angel Green, 24, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, all allegedly committed suicide within two days of each other in mid-September at Fort Drum army base in New York (图为: soldiers returning to Fort Drum on Sep. 6 following their exit of Afghanistan)
Investigators stated they do not believe that Green’s deployment to Afghanistan was the main reason behind the suspected suicide
Fort Drum army base in New York is home to the 10th Mountain Division and commanded by Gen. Maj. Milford H. Beagle Jr. All three soldiers suspected of committing suicide were on the base but operated in different platoons
Private Thomas was a signal support system specialist from Cedar Hill, 德州; Specialist Tapueluelu was a cannon crewmember from Tukwila, 华盛顿州; and Green was an infantryman from Barstow, 加利福尼亚州, who deployed to Afghanistan twice.
Investigators stated they do not believe that his deployment to Afghanistan was the main reason behind the suspected suicide. In addition to two tours of Afghanistan, Green had also deployed to Qatar once.
A Fort Drum spokesperson said that investigators believe the three deaths are not connected, as the soldiers were not in the same unit, occupied different roles and likely did not know each other.
The division deployed extensively to Iraq and Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 攻击, and many members of the division participated in the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan last month.
Green was born in San Bernardino, California on November 6th, 1996 to Susan Barrera and Gerald and graduated from Eisenhower High School in 2014 where he was reportedly an exceptional track and cross country runner, notching a time of 3:05:44 in the LA Marathon when he was just 16.
Green joined the Army the following year in May of 2015 and moved to New York, where he was assigned to 2nd platoon, Bravo Company, 10th Mountain Division where he remained for the entirety of his career.
He served two tours of Afghanistan from 2018-2019 和 2020-2021, and earned the Combat Infantryman’s badge for his actions as team leader under direct fire from enemy forces.
Following the announcement of the soldiers’ 死亡人数, 根. Maj. Beagle Jr. reportedly made a statement to the rest of the soldiers at the base.
‘In trying times like these, it is incumbent upon us all to reach out to your battle buddy. Make sure they are OK,’ 他说.
‘I have spoken with our command teams, and they will gather everyone together. I have asked them to address the warning signs of those at risk, enhance understanding of the characteristics of suicidal ideation and to share coping mechanisms.
Many of the 10th Mountain Division soldiers were among the last to leave Afghanistan
Fort Drum hosted a large welcome home ceremony for the soldiers who were able to meet friends, colleagues and family members
Cpl Preston Dyce, a soldier with the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, meets his family upon arrival at Fort Drum on September 6
‘To the soldiers of Fort Drum, the 10th Mountain Division and our entire Army, I want you to know every life is worth living. Your life because you are a teammate, your life because you are mountain tough soldier,’ 他加了.
‘If you have problems, challenges or issues, there is help available from this chain of command all the way down to help you get the resources you need. Do not suffer in silence.’
A Fort Drum spokesperson told Fox News that the installation has the lowest rate of suicide among Army posts but stressed that one suicide is too many, adding that leaders at the post would continue to engage soldiers on suicide prevention.
‘We will continue to reduce the challenges linked to suicide through continued leader engagement, peer intervention and focusing on building cohesive teams,’ 发言人说.
13 US troops were killed in the final days during the US evacuation of Afghanistan when an ISIS-K suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside the gates of Kabul airport
图片: 全部 13 US troops killed by ISIS-K suicide bomber during Kabul airport evacuation
在八月 26, 2021, 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman, and one Army staff sergeant were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul that also claimed more than 160 Afghan lives. The US servicemembers were on a mission of mercy to evacuate at-risk Afghans after the disastrous US withdrawal led to a Taliban takeover. These are their stories:
中士. Nicole Gee, 23
Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee was was a maintenance technician with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Roseville, 加利福尼亚州.
A week before she was killed, Gee cradled a baby in her arms at the Kabul airport. She posted the photo on Instagram and wrote, ‘I love my job.’
中士. 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 come back to reality & think about how I´m never going to see her again,’ Harrison wrote on 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 on to a plane in Kabul
Just days before she was killed in the suicide blast, 圣. Nicole Gee was photographed holding an Afghan baby
Gee, 23, (左和右) of Roseville, California was among those killed in the attack 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
Gee’s Instagram page shows another photo of her in fatigues, holding a rifle next to a line of people walking into the belly of a large transport plane. 她写了: ‘escorting evacuees onto the bird.’
The social media account that includes many selfies after working out at the gym lists her location as California, North Carolina and ‘somewhere overseas.’
Photos show 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 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 on turns into … your friends never coming home.’
Gee´s car was still parked in 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.’ 她说. ‘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 (对) 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 (中右)
‘She cared about people. She loved fiercely. She was a light in this dark world. She was my person,’ said Harrison in a Facebook post.
‘I find peace knowing that she left this world doing what she loved. She was a Marine’s Marine,’ 她说.
‘She was doing God’s work…..a warrior. Searching Afghan women and children trying to get out of country,’ Captain Karen Holliday said in a Facebook tribute.
Holliday called Gee a ‘Model Marine. A leader on the ground in 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 Merola was a Marine from Rancho Cucamonga, 加利福尼亚州.
He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, 加利福尼亚州.
The 20-year-old was a graduate of Los Osos High School, 根据 KABC-TV.
Students honored him at the football game on the Friday after the attack by wearing red, white and blue.
‘Dylan was a beloved son, 哥哥, 孙子, great grandson, nephew, a great friend, and a brave soldier,’ said family friend Joseph Matsuoka on 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.’
中士. Johanny Rosario, 25
Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25
Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario 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.
在社交媒体上, friends issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Rosario’s death.
Nastassia Hyatt, a former Marine, recalled Rosario helping her through difficult times in 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 in a human besides my son. This one hit hard,’ Hyatt said.
‘We are heartbroken by the death of the service men and women due to the bombing in 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 in a statement to WCVB-TV.
The Dominican Republic’s embassy in the United States tweeted that Rosario was originally from that Caribbean nation.
在社交媒体上, friends issued and outpouring of grief and devastation at Rosario’s death
Sonia Guzmán, the Dominican Republic´s ambassador to the United States, tweeted that the Dominican community shares in the loss.
‘Peace to your soul!’ she tweeted in Spanish.
Rosario 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.
In Lawrence, 马萨诸塞州, Mayor Kendrys Vasquez said he has been in contact with the family.
‘We are heartbroken by the death of the servicemen and women due to the bombing in Kabul this week,’ 他说. ‘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 privacy ‘and that their loved one be recognized as the hero that she was,’ 市长说.
Rosario (中央) 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 in Afghanistan.
‘There are people on both sides of the fence. 我得到它,’ 他说. ‘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 on.’
‘I have been in touch with the family of the Lawrencian killed in 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,’ 市长说.
'此时, the family’s most immediate wish is to be given privacy 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
Maxton William Soviak was a Navy corpsman from New Berlin, 俄亥俄. He was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, 加利福尼亚州
Weeks before his death, he made a tragic Instagram post on June 10, sharing a photo posing with other service members in what is believed to be Afghanistan.
‘It’s kill or be killed, definitely trynna be on the kill side,’ he wrote in a comment on the post. Navy corpsmen often work alongside Marines, who do not have their own medics.
Soviak’s sister Marilyn said in her own Instagram post that her brother was there to ‘help people’.
‘My beautiful, 智能, beat-to-the-sound of his own drum, annoying, charming baby 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,’ 她写了.
‘He was just a kid. We are sending kids over there to die. Kids with families that now have holes just like ours,’ 她补充说. ‘I’m not one for praying but d**n could those kids over there use some right now. My heart is in 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 in Milan, 俄亥俄, where he graduated in 2017.
‘It is with deepest sorrow that I am sharing this news,’ Edison Local School District Superintendent Thomas Roth said in a statement.
‘Max was a good student who was active in sports and other activities throughout his school career. He was well respected and liked by everyone who knew him. Max was full of life in everything he did.’
Maxton William Soviak (中央), 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 (剩下) and Daegan Page (对) were also killed in the attack
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
In high school, Soviak was on the honor roll and played football. He was named as a casualty of the attack by his high school in Milan, 俄亥俄
Soviak’s family confirmed his death to local media and have asked for privacy.
In high school, Soviak was on the honor roll and played football, 根据 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, was a 20-year-old U.S. Marine from Rio Grande, 德州.
他的母亲, Elizabeth Holguin, 说过: ‘He was a very good person. He served his country. He helped in any way he could. He was there (在阿富汗), helping innocent people.’
This was his second deployment; he first made a trip to the Middle East and arrived in Afghanistan for about a week.
Holguin said she was uneasy about him being deployed there.
‘I prayed every day,’ 她说.
He is one of four children; he is not married and has no children.
The mom last spoke with him the Tuesday before the attack.
‘I just told him to be careful, that I was worried about him and I couldn’t wait for him to come back,’ Holguin said. ‘He told me he was fine and not to worry…. He was brave. If he was scared, he didn’t show it.’
She said she holds no animosity toward the president, saying her son ‘wanted to be there.’
Holguin learned her son was dead when she received a phone call on the Friday after the attack 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,’ 他的母亲, Elizabeth Holguin, told the Laredo Morning Times.
在声明中, 我们. 代表. Henry Cuellar said Espinoza ’embodied the values of America: grit, 奉献, 服务, 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 die. 先生. 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 named by his high school in Wyoming as a casualty in the attack.
He was expecting to become a father and was pictured with his pregnant wife shortly before deploying to Afghanistan in 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 baby is due in 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 baby due in just 3 周数,’ 她说.
‘He wanted to be a marine his whole life and carried around his rifle in his diapers and cowboy boots.
‘He was determined to be in 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 off.
‘Rylee wanted to be a history teacher and a wrestling coach when he finished serving his country. He’s a tough, 种类, loving kid who made an impact on 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 in Jackson in 2019.
Wyoming Schools Superintendent Jillian Balow said in 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, 朋友们, and the entire Jackson community,’ 她补充说.
Rylee McCollum was named by his high school in Wyoming as a casualty in the attack
Rylee McCollum was due to become a father. He is pictured with his pregnant wife, 对, shortly before deploying to Afghanistan in 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 in diapers McCollum would stand watch on his porch with a toy rifle, first said he wanted to be a Marine aged eight, and signed up on his 18th birthday.
In a glowing eulogy to the young expectant father, whose new baby is due in 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’re 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’re shattered, they’re absolutely broken. The entire community is.’
Arlotta, 37, said he is furious at the Biden administration and blames the White House for putting soldiers in 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 in a very terrible spot. In my opinion this entire circumstance has been mismanaged from every level,’ 他告诉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, 和他的妻子, 塔利亚, are long-time family friends of the McCollums. Benjamin said he is angry and devastated
‘We’re just seeing the beginning of it. It’s not over, it’s only going to get worse. Everybody in the country needs to be praying for our servicemen and women right now. They have a scrap out in 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 down there. That was September, by the time the state championship rolled around in 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 in front of you until he did it.’
McCollum moved to California for training. His pregnant wife Jiennah ‘Gigi’ Crayton lives in the San Diego area.
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 in the Marines.
‘He enlisted on 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 down 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.’
我们. 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 in 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 in Wyoming and across the country please keep those close to Rylee in 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, 密苏里州
Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz was a 20-year-old from Wentzville, 密苏里州.
His father Mark Schmitz told KMOX the Marines notified his family about 2.40am on the day following the attack about his son’s death.
‘This was something he always wanted to do and I never seen a young man train as hard 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 leadership or 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 in office because he ‘really believed this guy didn’t want to send people into harm’s way.’
Jared Schmitz was killed in the attack
Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, 20
Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a native of Norco, 加利福尼亚州
Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was a native of Norco, 加利福尼亚州.
Nikoui’s father Steve, 一个木匠, vented his frustrations at Biden in an interview with the 每日野兽.
‘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 on him. 就是这样,’ 他说
Steve Nikoui said he knew his son was dead when he saw two Marines approaching his home on the day of the attack 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 on Fox with Tucker Carlson the day after his son’s death to further criticize Biden in an emotional interview where he said the attack could have been avoided.
‘From what I saw of the airport that they’re in, looked like a Turkey shoot. It’s funneled in to a single file-type entry point at which if you have in sort of chaos of any sort, they would all like gather to that one funneled area, 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, 你懂, inform the next of kin?’
Marine Kareem Nikoui, 与他的母亲合影, 被杀害. His father said he blames Biden for abandoning them in Kabul
‘I was actually trying to console them. But at the same time, I just wanted them to get out as soon as possible so that no one from my family came back and saw them.
‘I thought it appropriate that I be able to tell them,’ 他说.
He added that his son, who was based at Camp Pendleton in California, would often bring other Marines home on the holidays if they couldn’t get back to their own families.
‘My wife and I felt very honored that [以来] 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] 家庭. He was devoted—he was going to make a career out of this, and he wanted to go. No hesitation for him to be called to duty,’ 他说.
Speaking outside Kareem’s home, a relative told DailyMail.com that Kareem’s family were inside signing the documents required to repatriate him.
他加了: ‘They’re totally devastated and they need some time. All the family are here and we’re 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 base in San Diego.
Steve Nikoui, 对, father the late Kareem Nikoui, spoke with Fox’s Tucker Carlson the day after the attack to condemn the Biden administration’s efforts in Afghanistan that he said led to his son’s death
An American flag flew half-mast outside Norco Intermediate School in honor of Nikoui
Kareem’s mother 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, 她写了: ‘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 in action while stationed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, 八月 26, 2021.
'美国. 海军陆战队, who graduated from Norco High School in 2019 and served in 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 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, a native of California’s Coachella Valley and the son of two police officers, was also killed in the attack, Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed.
‘I am unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez family as they grieve over the loss of their American Hero,’ Bianco wrote.
‘Hunter Lopez, son of our own Captain Herman Lopez and Deputy Alicia Lopez, tragically lost his life while serving our country in the United States Marine Corp. He was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26th,’ the sheriff added.
‘Before joining the Marine Corp, Hunter proudly served in 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 in mourning today with the tragic loss of Hunter Lopez, one of the fallen United States Service Members in the attack in 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, 也被杀, Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed
‘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 (以上)
Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, 犹他州
Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover
Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Salt Lake City, 犹他州, 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, 加利福尼亚州.
Friends and family mourned his loss, including fellow students who graduated in the Class of 2008 at Hillcrest High School with him in Midvale.
‘Soooooo glad I got to see him before he left. I love you son!!! You’re my hero!! Please check in on us once in a while. I’ll try to make you proud!!’ Hoover’s father, Darin Hoover, 在脸书上写道.
‘My handsome nephew, Staff Sergeant Taylor Hoover. Taylor spent his entire adult life as a Marine, 服务. Doing the hard things that most of us can’t do. He is a hero,’ Jeremy Soto, an uncle, 写.
‘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. 我们的心碎了. 休克, disbelief, 恐怖, 悲伤, sorrow, anger and grief,’ Brittany Jones Barnett, an aunt, 添加.
‘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. 我们都很喜欢你,’ 她补充说.
Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, pictured holding a young family member, died in Kabul
Taylor Hoover, a Utah native, was mourned by his mother Kelly Barnett, 剩下, 和女朋友, Nicole Weiss, 对, 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 in a Salt Lake City suburb, in an AP interview.
He said he had heard from Marines who said they were grateful they had his son as their sergeant.
‘They look back on him and say that they´ve learned so much from him,’ Hoover said. ‘One heck of a leader.’
Hoover said his son was also a best friend to his two sisters and loved all his extended family. He had a girlfriend in California and was the kind of guy who ‘lit up a room’ when he came in, 他父亲说.
Hoover, 中央, was among the Marine troops in Afghanistan to helping with the evacuation
Hoover pictured in 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, 犹他州, first met Hoover when they were 10 years old in Little League football. They stayed friends through high school, where Hoover played lineman. He was undersized for the position, but his heart and hard work more than made up for what he lacked in statute, Thompson said. As a friend, he was selfless and kind.
‘If we had trouble with grades, trouble with family or trouble on the field, we always called Taylor. He´s always level-headed, even if he´s struggling himself,’ 他说.
我们. 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,’ 他在一份声明中写道.
Utah Senator Mike Lee wrote in a statement, ‘Burying a child is a grief no 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 in Afghanistan.
‘He died completing a mission to save his countrymen and civilians from evil and oppression. He lived the Marine Corps motto by living and dying always faithful.’
Utah residents tied fellow ribbons to flags in front of Hoover’s family home
Neighbor Lena McIllece helped arranged the flags to honor Hoover and the other fallen troops
犹他州州长. Spencer Cox ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds effective immediately until sunset on August. 30 to honor Hoover and all those who died in the recent attack.
‘We are devastated to hear of the passing of Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover. Staff Sgt. Hoover served valiantly as a Marine and died serving his fellow countrymen as well as America’s allies in Afghanistan. We honor his tremendous bravery and commitment to his country, even as we condemn the senseless violence that resulted in his death. Abby and I pray for Staff Sgt. Hoover, his family and loved ones during this most difficult time,’ Cox said in a statement.
A family member told 美国广播公司 4 that Hoover, ‘died a hero doing what he always wanted to do and was proud to do, serve his country.
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a native of Tennessee
Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, was a native of Corryton, 田纳西州. Knauss was assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg, 北卡罗来纳.
He first was identified as one of the victims by his grandfather, Wayne Knauss.
‘He grew up in a Christian home, attended Berean Christian school through 8th grade and spent, four years at Gibbs High [学校],’ said Wayne about his grandson.
‘A motivated young man who loved his country. He was a believer so we will see him again in God’s heaven.’
Wayne told 美国广播公司 6 that Ryan had served right out of high school for five years with special training in 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,’ 她说.
Knauss, 23, 对, said he wanted to move to Washington D.C. when he returned
Members of the Knauss family mourned Ryan’s death on social media
我们. 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 in Afghanistan.
‘Please pray for our military in Afghanistan and all over the world,’ 她写了. ‘Our hearts ache for Wayne and Neena… and all families.’
Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a native of Omaha, 内布拉斯加
Corporal Daegan Page, 23
Marine Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page, 23, was a native of Omaha, 内布拉斯加.
在声明中, 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,’ 一家人说.
‘Daegan’s girlfriend Jessica, his mom, 爸爸, step-mom, step-dad, 4 兄弟姐妹, and grandparents are all mourning the loss of a great son, 孙子, and brother.’
Page grew up in Omaha and Red Oak, 爱荷华州. He enjoyed playing hockey for Omaha Westside in the local hockey club 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 Base Camp Pendleton, California.’
Corp. Daegan William-Tyeler Page died in the Kabul airport bombing attack
页, 剩下, 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,’ 一家人说.
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,’ 她在Facebook上写道.
The Omaha, 内布拉斯加, native was looking forward to returning home, his family said
页, 中央, hoped to reunite with friends back home and go to trade school
页, third from the left, rear, was drawn to the sense of brotherhood within the Marine Corps
我们. 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 in 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.’
Marine Corp. Humberto Sanchez was among those killed
Corporal Humberto Sanchez, 23
Officials in Indiana confirmed that Corp. Humberto Sanchez was also among the dead.
Sanchez graduated from Logansport High School in 2017. He also attended Columbia Elementary.
‘Like many, I have been heartbroken over the recent loss of the 13 我们. service members who were murdered in the terrorist attacks against our evacuation efforts in Kabul, 阿富汗,’ Logansport Mayor Chris Martin said in a statement on Facebook.
‘Even more heartbreaking is learning the news today that one of those killed was from right here at home in Logansport, 印第安那州.
‘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 in sacrifice due to the heart he exhibited in putting himself into harm’s way to safeguard the lives of others.’
Adrian Gazcon, a friend, also wrote a tribute on Twitter for Sanchez, saying that ‘it hurts that he’s gone.’ ‘Thank you for your service, you’re a hero bro.’
Sanchez pictured carrying friend Rhiannon Rickerd while attending Logansport High School in Indiana
A friend posted a tribute to Sanchez when he learned about his death