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28-year-old Dakota Halverson died by suicide during a memorial service for his younger brother, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, who died during the Biden administration’s fatal withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Kareem Nikoui, who was only 20 years old, was one of the 13 military members killed by a suicide bomber. The deadly attack occurred at the Kabul airport on August 26, 2021 as U.S. troops attempted to leave the country.
United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem M. Nikoui of Norco, California was killed in action on August 26, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was 20 years old. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/VjaWiBQgI4
— Remember The Fallen (@44MagnumBlue1) November 10, 2021
Republican Rep. Mike Waltz said, “The older brother of one of the 13 KIA in Kabul recently killed himself at his little brother’s memorial.”
“Please pray for his family. There MUST be accountability for this continued carnage,” he added.
Their mother, Shana Chappell, has been an outspoken critic of Joe Biden and his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. She invited President Donald Trump to her son’s funeral, but not Biden.
Kareem Nikoui, US Marine. Killed in the Kabul Airport terror attack. pic.twitter.com/M2YnKpYZ9v
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) August 27, 2021
“I would love if somehow my President (you Mr. Trump) could be present as i lay my Beautiful baby boy Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui to rest,” she wrote.
“It would be such an honor to meet the real President of the United States of America, President Trump,” she continued. “I love you and America loves you.”
The Marine’s father, Steve Nikoui, said, “He really loved that [Marine Corps] family. He was devoted — he was going to make a career out of this, and he wanted to go. No hesitation for him to be called to duty.”
Sgt Johanny Rosario
Cpl Hunter Lopez
LCpl Kareem Nikoui
LCpl Rylee McCollum
LCpl Jared Schmitz
LCpl David Lee Espinoza
SSgt Taylor Hoover
Cpl Daegan Page
Cpl Humberto Sanchez
Sgt Nicole Gee
Never Forget pic.twitter.com/mpn2HrmDDg
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) August 28, 2021
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The congressman also promoted a GoFundMe fundraiser set up to cover funeral expenses for Halverson.
“Dakota Halverson was a loving son, brother and friend. Losing his brother nearly one year ago has proven too difficult to bear,” the description reads.
“Any donations for his burial and services would be greatly appreciated as he wanted to be buried next to his brother Kareem,” their mother, Shana Chappell, added. “His family and I want to honor his wishes.”
As of Sunday, more than $22,000 in donations had been raised…
The Kabul bombing became a point of contention again in March when President Joe Biden failed to mention the Fallen 13 during his State of the Union address to Americans.