The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, who was among 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, was returned to Southern California Tuesday and carried in a procession to Forest Lawn Covina Hills.
Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County, died Aug. 26 in the attack at Kabul Airport that also killed 10 other Marines, a U.S. Navy corpsman and a U.S. Army soldier, along with more than 100 Afghanis.
Two other Southland Marines -- Lance Cpl. Kareem Grant Nikoui, 20, of Norco, and Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio -- also died in the attack.
A procession carrying Merola's remains was held across the Inland Empire honoring Merola.
A public funeral service for Merola will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Forest Lawn, followed by a private burial service.
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