Memorial events set for three Marines killed in Afghanistan

Memorial service information for three U.S. Marines from the Inland Empire killed in Afghanistan has been announced.

They were among the 13 American service members killed Aug. 26 in a bombing at the Kabul airport.

The public is welcome to line the city streets and pay tribute during processions scheduled for each of the Marines.

Here are details of the upcoming events.

Cpl. Hunter Lopez

Public processions and memorial events for U.S. Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez will begin Thursday night, Sept. 16, and end Saturday, Sept. 18.

Lopez, 22, grew up in Indio and was the son of Riverside County Sheriff Capt. Herman Lopez, La Quinta’s police chief, and Deputy Alicia Lopez.

Lopez aspired to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy, a news release states.

The public procession will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and move east from from Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 69855 E. Ramon Road in Cathedral City. It will pass the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, 73705 Gerald Ford Drive. The procession is set to end at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 47225 Washington St., La Quinta.

The procession will continue at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, from the church  and travel past the schools Lopez attended: Amelia Earhart Elementary School, 45250 Dune Palms Road in Indio; John Glenn Middle School, 79655 Miles Ave. in Indio; and La Quinta High School, 79255 Blackhawk Way. After the procession, Lopez’s body will be returned to the church, where a public viewing is set for noon to 7 p.m.

Lopez’s memorial service will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. After the service, his body will be taken to Riverside National Cemetery and for a private burial.

The convention center’s Oasis Room can hold up to 1,000 people. Masks will be required. Public parking will be on Avenida Caballeros.

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Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui

A memorial procession and funeral will be staged for Lance Cpl. Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui, of Norco, on Friday and Saturday.

Nikoui was a 20 year-old Norco High School graduate.

The public procession for Nikoui will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, moving from Ontario International Airport, and traveling east from the 60 freeway to the 15 freeway going south, exiting at 6th Street, going left onto California Avenue, and then right onto North Drive/Arlington Avenue. A private burial will be at Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary in Riverside.

The public is invited to a celebration-of-life service Saturday at 11 a.m. at Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, 6115 Arlington Ave., Riverside.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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