Body of 22-year-old Marine killed in Kabul blast returned home

The body of a Marine who was among 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing during the U.S.-run evacuation at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport was returned Sunday to his northern Indiana hometown.

A military procession marked the beginning of memorial services for Marine Corps Corporal Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport.

Sanchez’s body arrived Sunday morning at Grissom Air Reserve Base near Peru, about 80 miles north of Indianapolis. The procession then headed about 20 miles to Logansport.

People lined the route to show their respects, many with American flags, and jets flew overhead as the procession approached downtown Logansport. It stopped briefly downtown, where the hearse carrying Sanchez’s body paused under a garrison flag. The procession included Indiana State Police and vehicles carrying Sanchez’s family, followed by thousands of motorcycles.

Marine Corps Corporal Humberto A. Sanchez
This undated photo shows Marine Corps Corporal Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana. 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton/U.S. Marines via AP

Sanchez was among 17 members of his Logansport High School class who joined the military after their 2017 graduation. He died in the August 26 attack in Kabul, where he had been transferred after serving as a U.S. embassy guard in Jordan, according to his obituary.

A public visitation is scheduled for Monday at LifeGate Church in Logansport. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday the church. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Marine Corps Corporal Humberto A. Sanchez
A hearse carrying the body of Marine Corps Corporal Humberto Sanchez pauses during his funeral procession on Sunday, September 12, 2021, in Logansport, Indiana. Christine Tannous /The Indianapolis Star via AP