Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, is an Iranian-American Marine from Southern California who sacrificed his life to save other Americans and Afghanis.
August 30, 2021
Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California, sent videos to his family hours before he died, showing himself interacting with children in Afghanistan, according to the Los Angeles Times. In one video, Nikoui asked a young boy to say hello.
“Want to take a video together, buddy?” Nikoui said. “All right, we’re heroes now, man.”
Nikoui graduated from Norco High School in 2019 and served in the Junior ROTC, the newspaper reported, citing a statement from Norco city officials.
Paul Arreola, a close family friend, told The Associated Press the videos show “the heart of this young man, the love he has.”
“The family is just heartbroken,” Arreola said, describing his friend as an “amazing young man” full of promise who always wanted to be a Marine and set out to achieve his goal.
“He loved this country and everything we stand for. It’s just so hard to know that we’ve lost him,” he said.
Norco city officials said Friday they planned to enshrine Nikoui’s name on the “Lest We Forget Wall” at George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza, the Times reported.
Norco High School Air Force JROTC posted on Facebook that he was “one of our best Air Force JROTC cadets” and that “Kareem was set on being a Marine & always wanted to serve his country.”
So tragic- I pray he didn't suffer and he passed doing what he lived, being a true hero, and showing his character- RIP???