Hunter Lopez, Jared Schmitz, Max Soviak, Rylee Mccollum, David Lee Espinoza and Kareem Nikoui Killed in Kabul Afghanistan

Identified Hunter Lopez, Max Soviak, Rylee McCollum, David Lee Espinoza, Kareem Nikoui and Jared Schmitz. Killed in Kabul Airport, Afghanistan.

Hunter Lopez, Jared Schmitz, Max Soviak, Rylee Mccollum, David Lee Espinoza and Kareem Nikoui Killed in Kabul Afghanistan
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These are the U.S. soldiers killed in the Kabul airport attack

The identities of the 13 U.S. soldiers killed in the evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies by an ISIS suicide bomber outside Kabul airport have now been released. 

The names of a Navy soldier and four Marines killed in Thursday's blast have been released, while the identities of six other Marines and two Army soldiers have not yet been released while the military works to inform their families.

“We continue to mourn these Marines and pray for their families. Our main focus now is to take care of the families of those killed and to care for our injured,” Maj. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps spokesman, said in an email to The Post. 

According to protocol, the military does not release information about deceased soldiers until 24 hours after their family members are notified, but relatives have already independently confirmed several deaths before that deadline.

Here's what we know about the deceased U.S. soldiers.

Maxton Soviak

Maxton Soviak

Soviak, a Navy Hospital corpsman in his early 20s, was from Berlin Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Edison High School in Milan in 2017, the Sandusky Register reports. 

A woman posing as Soviak's older sister and introducing herself on Instagram as Marilyn Soviak published a heartbreaking post Friday confirming her brother's death.

“I've never been interested in politics, and I'm not going to start now. What I will say is that my beautiful, intelligent, annoying, charming little brother was killed yesterday while helping to save lives,” the sister wrote. 

“He was a freaking paramedic. He was there to help people. And now he's gone, and my family will never be the same. There is a big hole in the size of Maxton that will never be filled,” she wrote alongside a slideshow of pictures showing the two as children.

“He was just a kid. We send children there to die. Kids with families that now have holes just like ours.” 

In high school, Soviak was a member of the honor roll and football team, the newspaper reported.

“Max was a good student who was involved in sports and other activities throughout his school career. He was respected and liked by all who knew him,” a statement from the school said, adding that news of his death had caused “great sadness.”

Soviak had also previously worked as a lifeguard and maintenance technician, the newspaper reported.

Kareem Nikoui

Kareem Nikoui is a young Marine from California whose father only learned of his death when a group of Marines showed up at his door, the Daily Beast reported.

“I didn't go to bed all night,” the heartbroken father told the paper.

“I'm still in shock. I'm not yet able to comprehend everything that's going on.”

He said his son “loved what he did” and “always wanted to be a Marine.”

“He really loved the [Marine Corps] family. He put his heart and soul into it — he wanted a career, and he wanted to go. He didn't hesitate when he was called to duty,” the father said.

Before his deployment to Afghanistan, Kareem Nikoui was stationed near Camp Pendleton and often came home on weekends, bringing “10 or 15 other Marines” with him, the father told The Daily Beast.

“My wife and I felt very honored that we were able to provide some sort of family life for them because these other boys were not home,” he said.

The father criticized President Biden's sloppy withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he didn't expect his son to be in this situation.

“They sent my son there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban provide security outside,” Steve Nikoui said.

“I blame my own military leaders…. Biden turned his back on him. That's it.”

David Lee Espinoza

Espinoza was a 20-year-old Marine from Laredo, Texas, according to the Laredo Police Department.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of fallen United States Marine David L. Espinoza, as well as his friends and fellow Marines,” the department wrote in a Facebook post alongside a photo of Espinoza.

"Semper Fi. Thank you for your service.”

Espinoza was a graduate of Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Laredo and lived in Rio Bravo his entire life, KGNS reported.

“Mr. Espinoza, a Marine from Laredo who was killed in Afghanistan, embodied America's values: commitment, dedication, service and bravery. When he joined the military after high school, he did so with the intention of protecting our nation and demonstrating his selfless acts of service,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) wrote on Twitter.

“I mourn his loss and all the fallen heroes in Afghanistan. My sympathies go out to the Espinoza family during this most difficult time. The brave never die. Mr. Espinoza is a hero.”

Espinoza leaves behind a brother, mother and stepfather, News 4 San Antonio reported.

Rylee McCollum

Rylee McCollum

McCollum, a Marine from Bondurant, Wyoming, was on his first deployment and was three weeks away from giving birth to his child when he was killed in Thursday's explosion, his sister told the Casper Star Tribune.

“He wanted to be a Marine all his life and carried his rifle around in his diapers and cowboy boots,” McCollum's sister, Roice McCollum, told the paper.

“He was determined to join the infantry…. Rylee wanted to be a history teacher and wrestling coach when he served his country. He is a tough, kind and loving boy who impresses everyone he meets. His wit and wit brought so much joy.”

Rylee McCollum had just graduated from high school in 2019 and was on duty at an airport checkpoint when the bomb went off, the source said.

“To say I am grateful for Rylee's service to our country doesn't begin to describe the grief and sadness I feel today as a mother and as an American,” Jillian Balow, superintendent of Wyoming schools, told the magazine.

“My heart and prayers are with Rylee's family, her friends and the entire Jackson community.”

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon tweeted about the death early Friday.

“I am devastated to learn that Wyoming lost one of our own in yesterday's terrorist attack in Kabul,” Gordon wrote.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Rylee McCollum of Bondurant. Jennie and I, as well as all of Wyoming and the entire country, thank Rylee for his service.”

Jared Schmitz

Jared Schmitz

Hunter Lopez

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