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Live Oak Candlelight Vigil Honoring Fallen in Kabul

Staff Reports

Live Oak, Fla., – The community of Live Oak/Suwannee County is coming together, Thursday, September 2, at 7:45 p.m. at Milennium Park, Downtown Live Oak, to honor the fallen Marines, Army soldier and Navy corpsmen that gave their lives in Kabul. The Suwannee Coalition asks that everyone please bring a candle to help honor our heroes.

     The identities of the 13 U.S. service members has been confirmed. They were killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber outside the Kabul airport while helping to oversee the evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies.

Their names are as follows:

Kareem Nikoui, 20, Marines, Norco, California

David Lee Espinoza, 20, Marines, Laredo, Texas

Rylee McCollum, 20, Marines, Bondurant, Wyoming

Jared Schmitz, 20, Marines, St. Charles, Missouri

Hunter Lopez, 22, Marine, California

Daegan Page, 23, Marines, Omaha, Nebraska

Darin Taylor Hoover Jr., 31, Marines, Midvale, Utah

Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, Marines, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Humberto Sanchez, 22, Marines, Logansport, Indiana

Nicole Gee, 23, Marines, Roseville, California

Dylan Merola, 20, Marines, Rancho Cucamonga, California

Maxton Soviak, 22, Navy, Berlin Heights, Ohio

Ryan Knauss, 23, Army, Knoxville, Tennessee

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these heroes.