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Family of fallen Marine Corp. Hunter Lopez seeks accountability on his death during Kabul evacuations

The family of Coachella Valley-native, Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez wants accountability surrounding his death.

They gathered this week for a Congressional forum with other Gold Star families of the 13 service members who were killed in the 2021 attack at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan.

(top row left to right) Maxton Soviak, Kareem Nikoui, David Espinoza, Rylee McCollum, Jared Schmitz, Taylor Hoover, Nicole Gee
(bottom row left to right) Ryan Knauss, Hunter Lopez, Johanny Rosario, Humberto Sanchez, Daegan Page, Dylan Merola

The families shared testimony and demanded answers from President Joe Biden and his administration concerning the deaths of their loved ones.

Lopez's mother, Alicia, spoke exclusively with News Channel 3's Peter Daut. She says she wants the truth and believes her son's death could have been avoided.

"What is the message you would like to send to the government if they're watching this interview?" Peter asked Alicia.

Alicia answered, "Our kids died heroes, and they had faith in the government that they were serving and we ask that you honor them by giving us the truth and admitting to your mistakes."

Community gathers to honor Cpl Hunter Lopez and 12 servicemembers killed  one year ago - KESQ

"Do you blame anyone for what happened to your son?" Peter asked.

"I blame the person who made the ultimate decision in going with the evacuation, not at Bagram Airport, and we don't even know who made that decision, but that's who I'm blaming."

Watch: Marine Cpl Hunter Lopez’s parents share his story

There will be a vigil for Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez at La Quinta Civic Center Park on Aug. 26, exactly two years after the attack in Afghanistan.

Watch the full, in-depth interview Alicia Lopez at the top of the article.

Check out some of our coverage of Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez over the past two years:

A scholarship fund has been established in Hunter's name for students at LQHS who pursue careers in public service.

To donate, visit:

The family has also created the "Hunter Lopez Memorial Foundation" to help those who protect and serve our nation.

The foundation has already sponsored two service dogs for active service members and sponsored several families to attend their children's graduation from Marine boot camp.

To donate visit:

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