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Remains of Sgt. Johanny Rosario, Marine killed in attack at Kabul Airport, expected to return to Massachusetts on Sept. 11

A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of a U.S. Marine killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 29, 2021. (U.S. Marines photo by Lance Cpl. Mark Morales)
September 10, 2021

The remains of a Massachusetts native who was one of 13 service members killed in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan last month will be returning home this week.

Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo’s remains will return to her hometown of Lawrence on Friday, a family spokesperson told Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra.

vigil was held last week for the 25-year-old in Lawrence. Gov. Charlie Baker attended and spoke at the event saying Rosario was a hero taken from the state too soon.

Rosario was killed amid an attack at Kabul Airport as the U.S. withdrew troops from the country.

At least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed in the attack which was called the deadliest day for American military in the nation in a decade.

The 13 U.S. service members killed include 11 Marines, a U.S. Army solder and a Navy corpsman. Their names are:

  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario, 25, of Lawrence, Mass..
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Neb.
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Mo.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyo.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.
  • Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.


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