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Nebraska Marine Among Those Killed In Kabul Airport Bombing

      The family of a young Marine from Omaha says he was among the 13 U.S. service members killed in Thursday’s suicide bomber attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. 

     23-year-old Daegan William-Tyeler Page was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines – known as The Professionals – based in Camp Pendleton, Calif.  Page was raised in Red Oak, Iowa, and the Omaha metro area. He leaves behind his girlfriend, parents, stepfather and stepmother, 4 siblings, and his grandparents.

    He joined the Marines out of high school, but a statement from his family says he hoped to go to trade school after leaving the service.

      The family statement also says “Daegan always looked forward to coming home and hanging out with his family and many buddies in Nebraska. To his younger siblings, he was their favorite jungle gym and to his friends, he was a genuinely happy guy that you could always count on.”

        Nebraska leaders released statements of sympathy to the family and praise for Page’s dedicated service.  Among them was Governor Pete Ricketts, who said “Nebraska will long remember Corporal Page’s heroic service to his country, and we mourn his passing.”

     Ricketts said he and his wife are encouraging Nebraskans to keep Page’s family in their prayers, and he extended similar thoughts about all the others killed in the blast, saying “Our hearts are breaking right now for the military families who lost loved ones in the terrorist attack in Kabul.”

        169 Afghans were killed in the bombing in addition to the 13 Americans, 10 of whom were Marines, including Page.  Flags across the country are at half-staff until sunset on Monday to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in Kabul.

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