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Retired Army Capt. Stephen Hunnewell stands with his wife Jessica and daughter Elizabeth behind a wreath in memory of Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo from Lawrence, Mass., following a ceremony at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Boston. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer


LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A U.S. Marine who was among 13 killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan was honored Tuesday evening in her hometown.

Officials in Lawrence, Massachusetts, held a vigil with Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo’s family at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Rosario, 25, died in the Aug. 26 bombing at the Kabul airport, where people were being evacuated amid the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. A dozen other U.S. service members and 169 Afghans were killed.

Dozens attended a separate vigil in Rosario’s memory last weekend in Boston that was hosted by Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, an organization founded by veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Rosario, who was of Dominican origin, served with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

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