December 8, 2021

Bay Area Gold Star mom reacts to deadly attack on Kabul airport

FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) — Information of the 13 U.S. Marines killed in Afghanistan has hit all of us exhausting, nevertheless it’s been even tougher for these households who’ve beforehand misplaced family members on overseas floor.

Thursday, ABC7 Information spoke with Gold Star mom Dianne Layfield, whose marine son Travis was killed again in 2004. The Fremont native was simply 19 when his battalion was ambushed.

Layfield tells us the information of the bombings in Afghanistan resurfaced these painful recollections.

“When I got home and turned on the news I actually started crying and I put my hands… my face into my hands and I just balled,” Layfield shared.

These pictures on her tv display hit her particularly exhausting, even now, 17 years after her son, Lance Corporal Travis Layfield, was killed together with ten U.S. service members, in that ambush attack in Iraq.

“When I got home that day to my apartment, I was in the back by where I park my car and all of a sudden three marines came walking around at the end of the carport, and they didn’t even have to say a word I already knew that Travis had been killed,” Layfield recalled.

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“It was a very tough day I’ll never forget it,” she stated.

Now, sadly extra American households will get the information that Dianne acquired again in 2004.

“My heart goes out to them,” she stated. “I know that pain they are going to go through, I know they’re going through the pain just waiting in anticipation. I just wrap my arms and love around them and pray they make it through… it’s a very sad day.”

Dianne says if she might give these households her quantity she would, however desires every one to know that the neighborhood is there for them as they take care of their loss.

“Just tell em’ to stay strong, you gotta carry on and make sure that their names are never forgotten. You have to live in their memory, make sure that they’re remembered always.”

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