A female marine, aged 23, has been named as one of those killed by a suicide bomber at Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
Sergeant Nicole Gee, along with 12 other US service members and at least 169 Afghans, fell victim to the terror attack on Thursday.
Just days before the tragedy, Gee uploaded a picture of her holding an Afghan baby in her arms. She captioned the post: "I love my job". It was later posted by the Department of Defense and garnered thousands of comments.
The 23-year-old, who was a maintenance technician with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, later uploaded a picture of her at Kabul airport where she was "escorting evacuees onto the bird". She ended the post with a heart emoji.
Roommate and best friend Mallory Harrison penned a touching tribute to Gee – describing her as a caring Marine who "loved fiercely" and was "a light in this dark world".
"I can’t quite describe the feeling I get when I force myself to come back to reality and think about how I’m never going to see her again," Harrison wrote on Facebook.
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"Her last breath was taken doing what she loved—helping people—at HKIA in Afghanistan. Then there was an explosion. And just like that, she’s gone.
"My best friend. 23 years old. Gone. I find peace knowing that she left this world doing what she loved. She was a Marine’s Marine."
Harrison also explained how she'd been maintaining Gee's car during her absence.
Powerfully, she added: "Her car is still there, and she’s gone forever."
Thousands flocked to the comments sections offering their condolences, and images of the two service members from over the years have garnered more than 52,000 shares.
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