LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Marine from Massachusetts who was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan has been given a hero’s farewell in a public wake and burial attended by hundreds.
Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo was among 13 U.S. service members who died in the Aug. 26 bombing at the Kabul airport as people were being evacuated amid the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Rosario Pichardo’s commanding officer said Tuesday that her actions helped save some 124,000 lives in America’s largest airlift operation.
Her brother remembered her as the family’s backbone.
Rosario Pichardo was laid to rest at Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence after the wake.