She said the family expected to receive McCollum’s remains Monday
, and funeral plans would follow
, インクルード Jackson Hole News & Guide
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon ordered all state and US flags lowered to half-staff through Monday to honor McCollum and the other fallen service members.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Rylee McCollum of Bondurant
,” the governor said on ツイッター
. “Jennie and I
, along with all of Wyoming and the entire country thank Rylee for his service.
McCollum died 7,000 miles from his home in Bondurant, a rural community outside Jackson.
Regi Stone told the Casper Star-Tribune that his son
, エリ, was good friends with Rylee and enlisted in the Marines around the same time
. McCollum would often stay the weekend with their son before being called to boot camp
, Stone said
“They would blow in to have dinner, and we’d hang out and laugh. We might shoot guns on our property, ええと, skeet or something,” Stone said.
“They loved going to hang out with other friends, building a fire. … He was just a lot of fun to be around. He was just a good, fun kid to have in the house.”
McCollum attended Jackson Hole High School and graduated from Summit Innovations School
, the Teton County School District said in 声明
. The family said he was on the wrestling team in school
“The entire TCSD family is heartbroken to share the news that 2019 TCSD graduate Rylee McCollum was one of the 13 American Marines killed in yesterday’s bombings in Kabul, アフガニスタン,” 声明は言った “We honor and thank him for his service and are humbled by his ultimate sacrifice in protecting others.”
McCollum’s sister said he wanted to become a history teacher and a wrestling coach when he finished serving in the military.
“Rylee will always be a hero not just for the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country but for the way he impacted every life around him for the better. Making us stronger, 子供達, teaching us to love deeper. We love you Rylee,” 彼女は言いました.
二 GoFundMe pages were started to raise money for McCollum’s wife and unborn child
. As of Monday
, より多い $ 500,000 had been raised