Brother of Marine Killed in Botched Afghan Withdrawal Commits Suicide at Memorial for Fallen Service Member

The brother of a U.S. Marine killed during Democrat President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has committed suicide during a memorial for the fallen service member.

28-year-old Dakota Halverson died by suicide during a recent memorial service for his younger brother Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, who died a year ago.

“The older brother of one of the 13 KIA in Kabul recently killed himself at his little brother’s memorial,” Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) said Saturday on social media.

“Please pray for his family.

“There MUST be accountability for this continued carnage.”

Julio Rosas, a U.S. Marine and senior writer at Townhall, said: “Heartbreaking: Shana Chappell, who lost her son LCpl. Kareem Nikoui in the attack during the Afghanistan evacuation last year, announced her son Dakota died this morning.”

He linked to a GoFundMe page that said:

“Dakota Halverson was a loving son, brother, and friend.

“Losing his brother nearly one year ago has proven too difficult to bear.

“Any donations for his burial and services would be greatly appreciated as he wanted to be buried next to his brother Kareem, who was killed on August 26th, 2021, while serving his country.

“His family and I want to honor his wishes.”

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Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, from Norco, California, was one of 13 American troops killed on Aug. 26, 2021, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive outside the Kabul airport as crowds of Americans and Afghan allies sought to flee Taliban fighters taking over control of the capital city.

Nearly a year later, Nikoui’s older brother, 28-year-old Dakota Halverson, died on Aug. 9, a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in California confirmed, though offering few details.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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