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Texas Marine among 13 U.S troops killed in Kabul attack

U.S. Marine David Lee Espinoza.

LAREDO, Texas -- A Marine from Laredo is one of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Thursday's attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan, family members said Friday.

20-year-old David Lee Espinoza was among those that fell victim to the explosions, making the ultimate sacrifice for his country and dying a hero.

The loss has hit his family deeply.

"But I am proud of him, of what he did. But as a mother, you know, it's hard, but he did serve, he did do what he wanted, but it's hard," said Elizabeth Holguin, with tears in her eyes.

Holguin is trying to make sense of the death of her son. She received a phone call at 2:30 a.m. from the military to inform her that he had been taken from her family during the explosions in Afghanistan.

"He was a great kid. Never had trouble with him or nothing. I mean, he never got in trouble. He was a great guy. Great guy, very proud of him," said Espinoza's stepfather, Victor Manuel Dominguez.

Dominguez entered Espinoza's life at the age of three and saw him as his own.

"He was never my stepson and I was never his stepfather," Dominguez said.

Espinoza was a graduate of LBJ High School in laredo and was the oldest of four children

He was stationed in Jordan for two years and then transferred to Kabul just a week ago.

Holguin has a simple message to those mothers who have children deployed overseas: "Just pray. Pray, and, and hopefully they'll come back."

The family will be meeting with the military soon to discuss funeral arrangements.

Meantime, the Laredo Police Department is paying respect to the fallen Marine by lowering the flag outside the police headquarters to half-staff in Espinoza's honor




    1. Nadodave it’s these fighters who make a difference. It’s. You and your local white garbage folk who enjoy a handout life. Local white folk who take the false recognition by hiding. The local white folk are AL WHITE FOLK MALINGERERS. Fort Bliss has thousands of the fake injuryj malingering White folks on military welfare.. and their fat white wives.!!

      1. You are the one with the GED alberto, you are the one in his late 60’s, living in Section Eight government subsidized housing, you are the one that has never had a real career, you are the one that has gone from one minimum wage job to another all of your life, you are the one that got thrown out of the service.

    1. Trump is the one who surrendered to the Taliban and sat on his hands instead of processing exit visas. Trump is also the one who released 5,000 taliban and isis fighters from Afghan prisons. Trump is the one who instigated the insurrection at the capital. Who is the traitor?

      1. Not a true statement. Most Americans, left and right wanted us to enlarge our presence in Syria and save our Kurdish allies. Trump abandoned them and caused the death of thousands. We certainly didn’t want Trump handing our bases to Russia.

    1. 13? You have Trump confused with Biden. Wasn’t it 4 back in 2017? Killed in an ambush. The mother was a leftist anti-Trumper and made the issue political. So big deal. At least Trump called her and said his condolences. What did she want? Reparations? Get help for that extreme TDS.

    1. The latest gold star families are outraged at senile Joe. The mother of Marine Kylee Kathy McCollum blamed Biden for the death of her son and had a message for people that voted for senile Joe. Biden Voters “Killed My Son”.

    1. You’re starting to mimic your schizo buddy UX2Ymorom. The same leftist talking points. We already replied to that loser. BTW – Trump didn’t kill any soldiers like your buddy Biden did.

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