Several of the U.S. service members who were killed in an Islamic State-perpetrated terror attack in Afghanistan were identified Friday as tributes poured in honoring their sacrifice.
Marine David Lee Espinoza, a 20-year-old from Laredo, Texas, was reportedly among the 13 servicemen who were killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber outside the international airport in Kabul, which left another 18 service members injured and more than 100 others dead.
The Laredo Police Department, which lowered the flags outside its headquarters in honor of Espinoza, thanked the fallen Marine for his service.
“Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the family of United States Fallen Marine, David L. Espinoza, as well as to his friends and fellow Marines,” the police department wrote on Facebook Friday. “Semper Fi. Thank you for your service.”
Maxton Soviak, a Navy hospital corpsman in his early 20s, was also killed in Thursday’s blast while stationed outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, helping to oversee the evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies, family said.
The father of Kareem Nikoui, another young Marine who reportedly died in the blast, said his son “loved what he was doing” and that he “always wanted to be a Marine.”
“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,” Steve Nikoui told the Daily Beast. “No hesitation for him to be called to duty.”
“I haven’t gone to bed all night,” Nikoui said. “I’m still in shock. I haven’t been able to grasp everything that’s going on.”
Nikoui said he plans to travel to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, which welcomes fallen service members, to pick up his son’s remains.
Marine Rylee McCollum of Bondurant, Wyoming, was also among those killed Thursday, and his wife is expecting a baby in three weeks, his sister said.
But from everything we have seen on the internet the message that a couple of soldiers left in one bar along with a shoot they ordered for their dead brother was the thing that got me heartbroken even more.
The bar owner decided to share the photo of the message as well as her own personal opinion of the situation with us!
RIP heroes our “President” might forget about you but American patriots will remember you forever!
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