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Flags flew at half-staff in Utah as extra flags lined the road exterior the household dwelling of Taylor Hoover, a Marine Corps employees sergeant who was among the many 13 American troops killed in a suicide bombing Thursday close to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport.
The Division of Protection confirmed the demise of Darin T. Hoover on Saturday, and a number of media retailers report Hoover’s title is Darin Taylor Hoover.
Hoover, 31, was remembered by household as a hero who lived to serve. Gov. Spencer Cox and an Related Press report citing family and friends referred to Hoover by his center title.
“He gave his life defending these that may’t shield themselves, doing what he beloved: serving his nation,” his father Darin Hoover mentioned.
Taylor Hoover served within the Marines for 11 years. His father mentioned he was greatest pals together with his two sisters and left behind a girlfriend in California. He described his son as somebody who “lit up a room.”
Darin Hoover mentioned different Marines who labored together with his son reached out to him to say how a lot they discovered from him.
“One heck of a pacesetter,” Darin Hoover mentioned.
Gov. Spencer Cox confirmed the sergeant’s demise in an announcement Friday and thanked him for his service, saying “We’ll always remember his unwavering devotion.”
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“Hoover served valiantly as a Marine and died serving his fellow countrymen in addition to America’s allies in Afghanistan,” Cox mentioned within the assertion. “We honor his super bravery and dedication to his nation, at the same time as we condemn the mindless violence that resulted in his demise.”
Nate Thompson of Murray, Utah, a childhood pal of Hoover’s, described the sergeant as a selfless and sort pal. The 2 first met after they have been 10 years previous in Little League soccer. When Hoover was a lineman in highschool, Thompson mentioned he was undersized for the place however his work ethic and dedication made up for it.
“If we had bother with grades, bother with household or bother on the sector, we at all times known as Taylor,” Thompson mentioned. “He’s at all times level-headed, even when he’s struggling himself.”
Family and friends mourned Hoover on Fb, as soon as once more describing him as a hero.
“He had such a giant coronary heart, and at all times wished what was greatest for his household and his nation,” his cousin, Savannah Fort, wrote in a Fb publish. “No phrases will ever describe the ache and anger our household feels proper now, however I like you candy cousin.”
His aunt, Brittany Jones Barnett, known as him their “candy nephew” on Fb, saying he “at all times (had) a smile” and was “a pleasure to be round.”
“The world has misplaced a real gentle,” she wrote. “Our hearts are damaged. Shock, disbelief, horror, unhappiness, sorrow, anger and grief…Please say some additional prayers of consolation for his mama/daddy and sisters. The ache and damage they’re feeling is definitely past measure.”
Hoover was a 2008 graduate of Hillcrest Excessive College in Midvale, Utah, in keeping with his social media web page.
13 U.S. service members – 11 Marines, a Navy corpsman and an Military soldier – and at the very least 169 Afghan individuals died in Thursday’s bombing assault, which unfolded as American and allied forces have been scrambling to evacuate individuals from Afghanistan.
Contributing: The Related Press
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