Kareem Nikoui remembered as ‘brave navy’

OCEANSIDE, California – Loved Ones held a memorial walk this week in honor of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, who was killed in a suicide bombing during evacuations in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Nikoui was one of 13 killed in the attack and was one of 10 affiliated with Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County. He served in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.

The 20-year-old leaves behind his mother and father, siblings and friends who call him a “brave navy”.

“He’s coming home, but not the way I wanted him to come home,” said friend Ashley Lopez.

Speaking to FOX 5, Lopez – who attended Norco High School in Riverside County and served on the Air Force Junior ROTC with Nikoui – fought back tears in memory of his dear friend. She noted that it is “reassuring that he definitely went out as he wanted, which helped people.”

“He’s a brave Marine,” she said. “A very, very brave navy. He loved what he did. Loved helping people. Loved serving his country. Loved the clothes on that uniform. ”

Lopez said Nikoui was helping evacuate children from a building when the explosive exploded.

With her trumpet in hand, she led the memorial service Monday in his honor. She can not believe she will never walk with him again.

“A lot has to do with anger because it should have happened,” Lopez said. “The 13 … They should not be gone.”

Nikoui will be remembered in Norco with his name soon to be laid to rest at George A. Ingall’s Veterans Memorial Plaza in honor of a brave hero who brought the ultimate sacrifice.

The city also plans to hold a memorial service Saturday in his honor.


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