Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary

The procession included so many mourners that the road outside the Ontario Airport was completely filled.

Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary

NORCO (CBSLA) – Thousands of mourners and supporters lined the streets outside a southland airport for the arrival of one of the fallen 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing near Kabul airport on 26 August.

Marine Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20 of Norco, killed in the August 26 suicide bombing outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The remains of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, of Norco, were being transported to a mortuary in Riverside.

The 14 miles procession route, from the arrival at the Ontario Airport to his final destination at a Riverside funeral home, was lined with people waving flags from the side of the road and high above on the hilltops.

“It definitely touched my heart,” said Janie Walker, who attended the procession.

Walker said that Nikoui’s story hits close to home for her.

“For me personally, the patriotism. My husband was in the Army during Vietnam and to see what’s going on in the world right now, I just felt like we owed this young man and his family a big show of support,” Walker said.

The close-knit community of Norco prides itself on supporting the troops.

“You know, this really hit home because it’s one of our own,” said Brent Sakamoto, who came out to show his support.

“You see nothing, but flags,” Jim Liberio said. “This is a very patriotic community.”

“We need to let that family know that their child will not be forgotten,” said Peggy Chism.

Law enforcement officers stood in salute as Marines carried Nikoui’s flag-draped coffin on a somber walk inside the mortuary, the young Marine’s grieving family trailing close behind.

Videos of Nikoui interacting with the children of Afghanistan during a mission in which American service members defended those who couldn’t protect themselves have resonated with people, offering a glimpse into the life of the 20-year-old.

Walker said she wished more people would get a chance to see the videos.

“What our soldiers and Marines do in other countries right now, I wish the general public could really see what they do. They pour their hearts into their jobs. They did make a difference in that country for sure, especially for the women,” Walker said.

Another 2,000-3,000 people are expected to attend Nikoui’s memorial service, which Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harvest Christian Fellowship’s Riverside campus. The memorial is open to the public.

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A’s Keep Pace In Wild-Card Race With 5-4 Win Over Angels

Cole Irvin pitched six solid innings to earn his first victory in four weeks, and the Oakland Athletics kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

A’s Keep Pace In Wild-Card Race With 5-4 Win Over Angels

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cole Irvin pitched six solid innings to earn his first victory in four weeks, and the Oakland Athletics kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Josh Harrison had two RBIs and Mark Canha scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball in the sixth for the A’s (80-67), who won their third straight and remained 2 1/2 games out of the final wild-card spot. Oakland kept pace with the Yankees (83-65) and gained a game on Toronto (82-65), which lost to Minnesota and dropped a half-game behind New York for the second slot.

Oakland committed three errors in the first two innings, stranded 10 runners in the first six innings and didn’t have an extra-base hit. The A’s still manufactured enough runs to win against a makeshift Angels pitching staff.

And Oakland’s defense finally came through late, courtesy of Starling Marte. The center fielder threw out Kean Wong for the final out of the eighth after the Angels’ pinch-runner foolishly tried to go from first to third on Luis Rengifo’s single. Marte also made a nice running catch on Brandon Marsh’s deep line drive for the second out of the ninth.

Irvin (10-13) yielded seven hits and struck out three, allowing just one earned run despite giving up his sixth homer in four starts.

Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his third save, and first since Sept. 2.

Kurt Suzuki homered and David Fletcher had a two-run single for the Angels, who opened their final homestand of another disappointing season with their seventh loss in 11 games.

Jhonathan Diaz didn’t get out of the second inning after becoming the 12th pitcher and fourth starter to make his major league debut this season for the Angels, who have used a franchise-record 63 players in 2021. The Venezuelan left-hander only made three appearances at Triple-A, going 0-3 for Salt Lake, before getting this unlikely promotion.

Diaz, who walked four A’s and hit a batter, was chased after giving up Harrison’s RBI single and Matt Olson’s sacrifice fly in the second.

But the Angels started a four-run rally in the second with Suzuki’s solo homer and extended it on errors by Harrison and Irvin.

Shortly after Oakland tied it on pinch-hitter Seth Brown’s RBI groundout in the sixth, Canha ran home when Suzuki couldn’t catch Jose Marte’s pitch to Matt Chapman.

Marte (0-1) issued the ninth walk in the first six innings by Los Angeles pitchers.

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