Remains of three Marines killed in Kabul airport attack come home

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Remains of three Marines killed in Kabul airport attack come home

The remains of three U.S. marines — who were among the 13 service members killed in the August suicide attack at the Kabul airport — were returned to their home states of Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming, according to reports.

In Omaha, thousands lined the streets for the hearse bearing Cpl. Daegan Page, 23, from Epply Airfield to Braman mortuary, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Page’s remains arrived at Epply from Dover Air Base in Delaware at 1:20 p.m. Friday, the paper reported.

“We wish we could have stopped and thanked every person who took time out of their day to pay their respects,” his family said in a statement, according to the paper.

David Lee Espinoza was among the 13 U.S. service members who were killed in a deadly airport suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.
David Lee Espinoza was among the 13 U.S. service members who were killed in a deadly airport suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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In Jackson, Wyo., thousands lined the streets to greet the hearse bearing Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum.
In Jackson, Wyo., thousands lined the streets to greet the hearse bearing Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum.
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Daegan Page's remains arrived at Epply from Dover Air Base in Delaware at 1:20 p.m. Friday.
Daegan Page’s remains arrived at Epply from Dover Air Base in Delaware at 1:20 p.m. Friday.
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In Laredo, Tex., a plane carrying Lance Cpl. David Lee Espinoza, 20, landed at 2:32 p.m, according to the Laredo Morning Times. He was met by his family and Bishop James Tomayo of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laredo, who said a prayer.

“Just like the mother of this young man, I am a mother as well, and this is very sad to see,” Constantina Cantu, who watched the motorcade, told the paper. “We see that these young people go leave their homes because they want to serve, and unfortunately some lose their lives during these deployments.”

Cantu’s son, Ulises, joined her. “I also brought my child to look and see how a true hero — because he truly was a hero — is returned back home,” she told the paper. Ulises, an elementary student, told the paper he hopes to serve in the armed forces once he is old enough.

In Jackson, Wyo., thousands lined the streets to greet the hearse bearing Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, 20, according to WyoFile.

McCollum, of Bondurant, Wyo., was met at the Jackson Hole Airport by his family and elected officials, according to Jackson Hole News & Guide. His plane landed at 4:07 p.m., the outlet reported.

He was newly married and a soon-to-be father when he was killed in the Kabul airport attack. He graduated high school in 2019.

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