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U.S. releases names of 13 troops killed in Kabul

Most of the service members were in their 20s.
Lena McIllece joins neighbor's placing flags in front of the family home of U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. Hoover was among the 13 US troops killed in a horrific suicide bombing at Afghanistan's Kabul airport, which also claimed the lives of more than 100 Afghans. Hoover had been in the Marines for 11 years, his father Darin Hoover said Friday.
Lena McIllece joins neighbor's placing flags in front of the family home of U.S. Marines Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Sandy, Utah. Hoover was among the 13 US troops killed in a horrific suicide bombing at Afghanistan's Kabul airport, which also claimed the lives of more than 100 Afghans. Hoover had been in the Marines for 11 years, his father Darin Hoover said Friday. [ RICK BOWMER | AP ]
Published Aug. 28

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon has released the names of the 13 American service members killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport.

They include 11 Marines, one Navy sailor who was assigned to a Marine Corps unit, and an Army Special Forces soldier. They died in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate, which also killed at least 170 Afghans.

The 11 Marines are Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California; Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California; Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California. Also killed were Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.

The Pentagon said Saturday their remains were being flown to the United States.