A US Marine from Nebraska was among the service members killed in the bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday.
Cpl. Daegan Page was 23 years old, his family said in a statement provided to CNN.
“Daegan will always be remembered for his tough outer shell and giant heart,” the family statement said. “Our hearts are broken, but we are thankful for the friends and family who are surrounding us during this time.” They said he planned to possibly become a lineman once his Marine enlistment was finished.
Page was raised partly in Iowa and near Omaha, Nebraska, and served at Camp Pendleton in California.
“He loved hunting and spending time outdoors with his dad, as well as being out on the water,” said the family. “He was also an animal lover with a soft spot in his heart for dogs.”
The statement said that Page joined the US Marine Corps after graduating from Millard South High School. He was a longtime Boy Scout and “enjoyed playing hockey for Omaha Westside in the Omaha Hockey Club and was a diehard Chicago Blackhawks fan.”