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Public invited to pay tribute to fallen U.S. Marine Hunter Lopez of Indio

Indio lost a native son with the death in Kabul of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, while our County also lost Marine LCpl. Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui of Norco and LCpl. Dylan Merola of Rancho Cucamonga in the same attack. The City of Indio mourns alongside the Lopez family, whose service to our community and our nation, could be recognized as among the most exemplary. On behalf of the City, we offer our most sincere condolences to Hunter’s family, and will fly our flags at half-staff in his honor. As a U.S. Marine, Hunter chose bravery and sacrifices that many do not, and we are forever grateful for his commitment to our country.

The City of Indio will continue to honor and remember fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez of Indio with a photo memorial and yellow roses to be placed in the shade of a large Afghan pine tree on the west side of City Hall. The public is invited to pay their respects to Lopez, 22, by leaving items of remembrance and tribute at this location through September 11, 2021.

The photo memorial reads “In grateful memory of the service and sacrifice of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez. You are forever a son of Indio.”

“Hunter was selfless in his desire to serve his country and in so doing paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes. “Thank you Hunter, and all whose lives were lost, and all who serve, for fighting to protect our freedom.”

The Indio City Council will also honor Lopez at their scheduled meeting on August 30, 2021.