By AMY BETH HANSON, JANIE HAR and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press
A younger husband with a baby on the way in which. Another man who at all times wished to be in the navy. A person who deliberate to grow to be a sheriff’s deputy when his deployment ended. Heartwrenching particulars started rising Friday about a few of the 13 U.S. troops killed in a horrific suicide bombing at (*13*)’s Kabul airport, which additionally claimed the lives of greater than 160 Afghans.
Eleven Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier had been among the many lifeless, whereas 18 different U.S. service members had been wounded in Thursday’s bombing, which was blamed on (*13*)’s offshoot of the Islamic State group. The U.S. stated it was essentially the most deadly day for American forces in (*13*) since 2011. The White House stated President Joe Biden will search for alternatives to honor the servicemembers who misplaced their lives, a lot of whom had been males in their early 20s.
Here are particulars about a few of the victims:
Rylee McCollum, a Marine and native of Bondurant, Wyoming, was married and his spouse is anticipating a child in three weeks, his sister, Cheyenne McCollum, stated.
“He was so excited to be a dad, and he was going to be an amazing dad,” McCollum stated. She stated her brother “was a Marine earlier than he knew he was allowed to be a Marine … He’d carry round his toy rifle and put on his sister’s pink princess snow boots and he’d both be searching or he was a Marine. Sometimes it will be with nothing on beneath, only a T-shirt.”
McCollum stated her brother wished to be a historical past instructor and a wrestling coach as soon as he accomplished his service. Another sister, Roice McCollum, instructed the Casper Star Tribune that her brother was on his first deployment when the evacuation in (*13*) started.
“We need to be sure that folks know that these are the youngsters which might be sacrificing themselves, and he’s bought a household who loves him and a spouse who loves him and a child that he’ll by no means get to fulfill,” Cheyenne McCollum stated.
Regi Stone, the daddy of one in all Rylee McCollum’s associates, described McCollum as “a great child,” who was resilient, good and brave. Stone shared a observe that his spouse, Kim, despatched to their son Eli Stone, who can also be in the navy and deployed elsewhere. In the observe, Kim wrote that she remembered telling the chums to run the opposite approach in the event that they needed to go in first and that each of them stated, “If we die doing this, we die doing what we love.”
KAREEM MAE’LEE GRANT NIKOUI, 20
Lance Corporal Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui despatched movies to his household hours earlier than he died, displaying himself interacting with youngsters in (*13*). In one of many clips, he requested a younger boy to say good day.
“Want to take a video collectively buddy?” Nikoui stated, leaning in to take a video of himself with the boy. “All proper, we’re heroes now, man.”
Close household buddy Paul Arreola stated the movies present “the center of this younger man, the love he has.”
“The household is simply heartbroken,” he stated. Arreola described Nikoui as an “wonderful younger man” stuffed with promise who at all times wished to be a Marine and got down to obtain his purpose. He is survived by his dad and mom and three siblings.
“He liked this nation and all the things we stand for. It’s simply so arduous to know that we’ve misplaced him,” he stated, crying.
Nikoui was additionally in the JROTC, and the Norco High School Air Force JROTC posted on Facebook that he was “one in all our greatest Air Force JROTC cadets” and that “Kareem was set on being a Marine & at all times wished to serve his nation.”
The metropolis stated Friday in a put up on social media that Nikoui’s identify will likely be enshrined on a memorial wall in the town.
Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz grew up in the St. Louis space and was amongst a bunch of Marines despatched again to (*13*) to help with evacuation efforts, his father, Mark Schmitz, instructed KMOX Radio.
Mark Schmitz stated his son at all times wished to be a Marine. He stated he realized of his son’s dying when the Marines got here to his residence in Wentzville, Missouri, at 2:40 a.m. Friday.
“This was one thing he at all times wished to do, and I by no means seen a younger man practice as arduous as he did to be the most effective soldier he may very well be,” Schmitz stated of his son. “His life meant a lot extra. I’m so extremely devastated that I gained’t be capable to see the person that he was in a short time rising into changing into.”
Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, of Utah, had been in the Marines for 11 years and was remembered as a hero who died serving others, his father Darin Hoover stated.
Darin Hoover came upon his son had died on Thursday night time when Marine workers sergeants got here to his home in a suburb of Salt Lake City.
“He is a hero. He gave his life defending these that may’t defend themselves, doing what he liked serving his nation,” Darin Hoover stated.
He stated he heard from Marines all through the day Friday who served together with his son who stated they’re grateful they’d him as their sergeant.
“They look again on him and say that they’ve realized a lot from him,” Darin Hoover stated. “One heck of a frontrunner.”
His father stated his son was additionally a greatest buddy to his two sisters and liked all his prolonged household. He had a girlfriend in California.
A highschool soccer participant who graduated from Hillcrest High School in Midvale, Utah, in 2008, Taylor Hoover was the form of man who “lit up a room” when he got here in.
“He was the most-loving, giving, understanding particular person you might ever meet,” Darin Hoover stated.
Nate Thompson of Murray, Utah, first met Hoover once they had been 10 years outdated in Little League soccer. They stayed associates by means of highschool, the place Hoover performed lineman. He was undersized for the place, however his coronary heart and arduous work greater than made up for what he lacked in statute, Thompson stated. As a buddy, he was selfless and sort.
“If we had hassle with grades, hassle with household or hassle on the sector, we at all times referred to as Taylor. He’s at all times level-headed, even when he’s struggling himself,” he stated.
DEAGAN WILLIAM-TYELER PAGE, 23
Corporal Daegan William-Tyeler Page served in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment primarily based at Camp Pendleton, California, and deliberate to go to commerce faculty and presumably grow to be a lineman after his enlistment ended, his household stated in a press release.
Page was raised in Red Oak, Iowa, and in the Omaha metro space and joined the Marines after graduating from Millard South High School. He is mourned by his girlfriend, dad and mom, stepmom and stepdad, 4 siblings and grandparents, the household stated in a press release launched by a household buddy. The assertion stated the household didn’t want to communicate to the media right now.
“Daegan will at all times be remembered for his powerful outer shell and large coronary heart,” the assertion stated. ”Our hearts are damaged, however we’re grateful for the family and friends who’re surrounding us throughout this time. Our ideas and prayers are additionally with the opposite Marine and Navy households whose family members died alongside Daegan.”
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss was remembered as a motivated man who liked his nation and was looking ahead to coming again to the U.S. and ultimately shifting to Washington, D.C., relations instructed WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Knauss’ grandfather, Wayne Knauss, instructed the tv station that the household obtained phrase of Knauss’s dying on Friday, and funeral companies had been being deliberate. Knauss stated his grandson attended Gibbs High School and grew up in a Christian residence.
“A motivated younger man who liked his nation,” Wayne Knauss stated. “He was a believer, so we’ll see him once more in God’s heaven.”
Stepmother Linnae Knauss stated Ryan deliberate to maneuver to Washington after he returned to the U.S.
“He was a super-smart hilarious younger man,” she stated.
Hunter Lopez, whose dad and mom work on the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California, was a sheriff’s Explorer for 3 years earlier than becoming a member of the Marine Corps in September 2017, Sheriff Chad Bianco stated.
Bianco stated Lopez deliberate to comply with in his dad and mom’ footsteps and grow to be a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy after his deployment.
The dying of Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, a Marine from Laredo, Texas, was confirmed by U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.
The congressman’s press secretary, Dana Youngentob, stated Pentagon representatives visited Cuellar’s Washington workplace to tell him of Espinoza’s dying. Cuellar’s workplace additionally obtained an official dying discover from the Pentagon.
In a press release, Cuellar stated Espinoza “embodied the values of America: grit, dedication, service, and valor. When he joined the navy after highschool, he did so with the intention of defending our nation and demonstrating his selfless acts of service.”
Cuellar concluded, “The courageous by no means die. Mr. Espinoza is a hero.”
Associated Press writers Terry Wallace in Dallas, Lindsay Whitehurst and Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.
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