September 24 2021 03:30 pm

‘A hometown hero’: Roseville woman among service members killed in suicide bombing at Kabul airport

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This undated photo provided by U.S. Department of Defense twitter page posted Aug. 20, 2021 shows Sgt. Nicole Gee holding a baby at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials said Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, that Sgt. Nicole Gee of Sacramento, Calif., was killed in Thursday’s bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Department of Defense via AP)

(KTXL/AP) — One of the 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport is Sgt. Nicole Gee of Roseville.

According to the military site Stars and Stripes, Gee was a maintenance technician with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Gee was one of eleven marines who were killed in the bombing, along with one Navy sailor and one Army soldier and more than 100 Afghans.

Another 18 U.S. service members were wounded in the blast.

Family and fellow service members expressed their mourning for Gee on social media.

“I can’t even begin to fathom that you’re gone, or come up with the words to express my grief over losing you,” Gee’s cousin wrote on Facebook.

A week before she was killed, Gee cradled a baby in her arms at the Kabul airport. She posted the photo on Instagram and wrote, “I love my job.”

Gee’s Instagram page shows another photo of her in fatigues, holding a rifle next to a line of people walking into the belly of a large transport plane. She wrote: “escorting evacuees onto the bird.”

The social media account that includes many selfies after working out at the gym lists her location as California, North Carolina and “somewhere overseas.”

Photos show her on a camel in Saudi Arabia, in a bikini on a Greek isle and holding a beer in Spain. One from this month in Kuwait shows her beaming with her meritorious promotion to sergeant.

Gee graduated from Oakmont High School in Roseville in 2016 prior to joining the military, according to Oakmont principal Isabel Govea.

In a letter provided to FOX40 Saturday, Govea wrote “Nicole is a hometown hero. Her life and service to our country will never be forgotten.”

Gee is one four marines from California who died in the explosion.

Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga; Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio; and Lance Cpl. Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui, of Norco, were also killed.

This story is developing.

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