December 3, 2021

Kabul attack: SoCal Marines Kareem Nikoui, Hunter Lopez among the fatalities in airport bombing

NORCO, Calif. — Two Marines from Southern California had been among the casualties in the suicide bombing assault on the Kabul airport.

The assault killed 13 U.S. service members and greater than 100 Afghans. It has been attributed to an Afghanistan affiliate of the terrorist group Islamic State.

Though the Pentagon has not formally launched names of these killed, Kareem Nikoui, a Marine from Norco who was stationed at the Kabul airport, was among the fatalities, Norco Mayor Kevin Bash informed Eyewitness Information.

Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez of the Coachella Valley was additionally killed in the assault, in line with a neighborhood legislation enforcement group.

Nikoui’s father informed the Each day Beast that the Marines got here to his door hours after the assault to inform him of his son’d dying.
“I haven’t gone to bed all night,” Nikoui informed the publication. “I’m still in shock. I haven’t been able to grasp everything that’s going on.”

The town of Norco plans to honor Nikoui by putting his title on the “Lest We Forget Wall” at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza, which honors metropolis residents who made the final sacrifice, the metropolis tweeted. There may be additionally a Gold Star Households Memorial monument below development at the web site.

Lopez, 22, was the son of two members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Division and had deliberate on becoming a member of the company himself after his deployment ended, in line with the Riverside Sheriff’s Affiliation.

“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Hunter, who chose to follow a life of service, selflessness, courage and sacrifice, like his parents,” the RSA mentioned.

Lopez was the son of Riverside Deputy Sheriff Alicia Lopez and Riverside Sheriff’s Captain Herman Lopez, in line with the RSA.

The Lopez household is requesting that any who want to make donations to honor his reminiscence contribute to the Riverside County Deputy Sheriff Reduction Basis.