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A 22-year-old Coachella Valley marine was among the 13 U.S. service members killed Thursday in the Kabul airport attack.
United States Marine Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez, a Coachella Valley resident, died during a suicide bombing at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during the U.S. lead evacuation effort.
Hunter was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines with the U.S. Marine Corps.
“Like his parents who serve our community, being a Marine to Hunter wasn’t a job; it was a calling,” the Riverside Sheriff’s Association said in a press release.
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco also shared his thoughts in a facebook post mourning the loss for the Lopez family.
Hunter was a member of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Explorer program, according to Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco. He is the son of Riverside Deputy Sheriff and RSA Board Secretary Alicia Lopez and Riverside Sheriff’s Captain Herman Lopez.
Hunter was a graduated from La Quinta High School the Desert Sands Unified School District.
“Desert Sands Unified School District is saddened by the news of the death of alumni Hunter Lopez in Afghanistan. He was a beloved student of our schools,” said Mary Perry, spokesperson for the district, in a statement. “The entire school board, staff, and students of DSUSD share our thoughts and prayers with the family.”
A local soccer club also shared their condolences to the Lopez family and the Coachella Valley community.
The Lopez family requests that all donations be made to the Riverside County Deputy Sheriff Relief Foundation in the name of the Lopez Family.