The California Marine was one of 13 U.S. military personnel Killed during a bomb attack near the international airport In Kabul on Thursday, according to the Riverside Sheriffs Association.
Cpl. 22-year-old Hunter Lopez was from a family deeply rooted in the Coachella Valley. He is the son of two employees of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about hunters who, like their parents, chose to pursue a life of service, selflessness, courage, and sacrifice,” the news release reads.
According to the Sheriffs Association, Lopez was an Explorer Scout for Riverside Sheriffs at the Palm Desert Station from September 2014 to August 2017. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion and 1st Marine Corps and planned to join the sheriff’s department when he returned from deployment. For release.
Captain Lopez, the father of the hunter who directs the Coachella Valley Thermal Sheriff Station, has been with the station since 1997. He is the Chief of Police in the city of La Quinta, which has a contract with the Riverside County Security Department for law enforcement services.
Hunter’s mother, Deputy Alicia Lopez, has been with the agency since 2001 and is a board member of the Labor Group. She was awarded the Rick Spinoza Achievement Award in 2017, partly because she was willing to donate kidneys to a boy who needed a transplant because of her medical condition.
According to the union news release, “The entire community is in pain and mourns the death of the hunter in response to the call to serve, defend and protect our country.” “It wasn’t a job to be a hunter from a Marine, like his parents serving our community. It was a call. He loved his family. How much he loved. A word that expresses deep regret – Semper Fi. ”
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Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco expressed his condolences to the Lopez family on his Facebook account.
“I’m incredibly sad and sad because the Lopez family is mourning the loss of an American hero,” Bianco wrote. “The whole of our department mourns this tragic loss. The Lopez family exemplifies the meaning of service beyond self.”
La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans condolences to the city and council on Friday.
“Our La Quinta family is in mourning today for the tragic loss of Hunter Lopez, one of the U.S. soldiers who fell in an attack in Afghanistan,” Evans said of Desert Sun, part of USA Today Network. Said in an email statement to.
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“We are all very humble in the service and ultimate sacrifice that hunters have made to protect our country. He was a brave and selfless soldier who responded to the call to become the US Marine Corps,” Evans said. Told.
“Like his parents, the hunter wanted to serve others and help protect his community,” she said. “Our city council and staff are asking the community to participate in prayer and support for the Lopez family as they overcome this difficult time.”
Hunter Lopez was a graduate of Desert Sands Unified School District.
“”[Hunter Lopez] District spokesman Mary Perry said, “His family contacted the previous school directly to confirm his death. The DSUSD school board, staff and all of our students were ours. I share my thoughts and prayers with my family. “
The number of deaths from the blast includes: 11 US Marine Corps, Navy NCO, And one Army soldier, an American official, said. At least 18 US military personnel were injured. It has been the worst day for US troops in Afghanistan since August 2011.
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Approximately 169 Afghans have died, officials told The Associated Press. CBS News reported that number at 170.
President Joe Biden praised the US military’s “sacrifice and sacrifice” on Friday, calling the US military dead “tragic” and saying they died for a “worthy mission.”
Prior to meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Biden said in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon, “Our mission there is dangerous and now American personnel have been severely lost. I have. ” “It was a worthwhile mission as they continue to evacuate people from the airport.”
Biden said more than 12,000 people had been evacuated in the last 24 hours.
This article was originally published in the Palm Springs Desert Sun: California Marine Hunter Lopez killed in Afghanistan airport attack