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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 31, 2021

Photos show service members killed in 2017 military plane crash, not 2021 Kabul suicide bombing

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  • These photos show 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi in 2017. 
 

A suicide bombing in Kabul on Aug. 26 killed dozens of people, including 13 U.S. service members. The following day, a grid of photos of men in uniform started to spread on social media. 

"Pray for them," one post said. "Sixteen doorbells rang today."

But these photos are from 2017, when 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman were killed in a military plane crash in Mississippi. ABC News aired the grid of photos reporting on the crash that year. 

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On Aug. 29, a military transport plane carrying the remains of 11 Marines, a Navy medic and an Army staff sergeant landed in Delaware. 

Military Times published their photos, which are different from the photos that appear in the Facebook post. Their names are:

  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee
  • Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin Taylor Hoover
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan William-Tyeler Page
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario
  • Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez
  • Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz
  • Navy Hospital Corpsman Max Soviak

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