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City of California held memorial ceremony to fallen Marine Kareem Nikoui

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The city of Norco, California, has honored and said final goodbyes to fallen Marine Lance Corporal Kareen Nikoui, one of the 12 service members died at the Kabul airport after a suicide bomb attack in late August.

Family and friends along with Norco residents mourned as they held a moment of silence for 20-year-old Nikoui and 12 other service members.

His body is expected to be brought home September 17.

Everybody recalls Nikoui as a fun and loving person, who always wanted to serve his country.

“In school, the big thing he wanted, all he ever talked about was being a Marine. He was in the ROTC and that’s what he wanted,” one Norco resident expressed. “His dream was to be a Marine and then he fulfilled that dream. He was a fun loving boy that loved his country, loved his family and he was much too young to die.”

Nikoui’s name will be engraved in the “Lest We Forget” wall at the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in Norco, the city officials said.  

“I think it was a very beautiful ceremony,” one resident stated. “This is Norco, so we’re all a very tight knit community. Kareem gave his life for all of us and it’s a beautiful ceremony in honoring the other 12.”

Author: Usa Really