Twenty years after 9/11, one of the last U.S. Marines killed in Afghanistan comes home

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U.S. Marine Sergeant Johanny Rosario returned to her hometown in Massachusetts in a casket on Saturday, one of the last American service members killed in Afghanistan during a war set in motion exactly two decades ago by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
U.S. Marines carry the casket of Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, who was among 13 U.S. service members killed in the airport suicide bombing in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, into a funeral home in her hometown, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S., September 11, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

LAWRENCE, Mass., Sept 11 (Reuters) -

Several hundred people gathered near the Farrah Funeral Home in Lawrence, Mass., where Rosario's remains arrived in a black hearse with a police motorcycle escort. Marines in dress uniform carried the casket into the funeral home, as veterans in the crowd, some of whom had not worn a uniform in years, snapped to attention.

"We came out because she is a hero to us," said Mary Beth Chosse, who waited for several hours with her 12-year-old son, Gavin. Chosse's older son is a Marine on active duty. "Sergeant Rosario's sacrifice and bravery should always be remembered."

Rosario, 25, was among 13 U.S. service members killed in an Aug. 26 suicide bombing outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan's capital Kabul. She was helping to screen evacuees at a checkpoint at the airport's Abbey Gate when the bomb ripped through a crowd. Scores of Afghans also were killed in the attack.

The last U.S. troops left Afghanistan four days later.

About 7,100 U.S. military personnel have been killed in conflicts tied to the Sept. 11 attacks, with about 2,500 of those deaths happening in…
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