A 22-year-old Logansport, Indiana, man was one of the 13 U.S. services members killed in Afghanistan on Thursday.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez died in a suicide bomb attack near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. Sanchez was one of 11 U.S. Marines killed, along with one Navy hospital corpsman and one Army soldier.
The attack by ISIS-K marked one of the deadliest days of the nearly 20-year conflict. At least 18 other U.S. service members were injured Thursday, and more than 150 Afghan citizens were killed.
President Joe Biden offered remarks and condolences after the attack Thursday.
“They are a part of the bravest, most capable and the most selfless military on the face of the Earth,” Biden said of the U.S services members who died. “And they are a part of simply what I call the backbone of America. They are the spine of America. The best the country has to offer.”
Indiana officials and leaders also spoke out about Sanchez and his ties to his home state.
Here’s what we know about Cpl. Humberto Sanchez so far
Sanchez graduated from Logansport High School in 2017, and was one of six people in his class to enlist in the Marines, according to Matt Jones, principal at Logansport High School.
He was a popular, active student, Jones said, who was honored to serve his country.
“Humberto was a bright, athletic young man,” Jones told IndyStar in an email.
He played varsity soccer, took honors and dual credit college classes, and was in the homecoming court his senior year, Jones shared. He was also a dedicated artist who took many art classes.
He is among a group of young service members killed, all mostly in their 20s, according to USA TODAY.
Sanchez was serving in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment out of Camp Pendleton, California, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Here’s how Indiana officials and leaders are reacting:
Logansport Mayor Chris Martin
“This young man had not yet even turned 30 and still had his entire life ahead of him. Any plans he may have had for his post-military life were given in sacrifice due to the heart he exhibited in putting himself into harm’s way to safeguard the lives of others,” a portion of Martin’s Friday evening Facebook post stated.
“To honor their memory, it is this in which we should all aspire, to continue the ripple effect of making a positive change in our world. To do so is preventing the lives of all of those we’ve lost from being done so in vain.”
Logansport High School principal
Matt Jones, the principal of Logansport High School Corporal, called it a “tough day” after hearing about the death of Sanchez.
“Thank you for serving our country in uniform and sacrifice,” he said on Twitter.
Logansport Community School Corporation
“We will never forget the names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Take care of each other, Berry Nation.”
Logansport Police Department
The police department shared a statement on Facebook Saturday morning.
“We will be forever indebted and will never forget.”
Logansport Professional Firefighters Local 470
“Thank you to Humberto Sanchez family the man you raised is truly a hero,” the union shared Saturday morning.
Cass County Sheriff’s Office
“Corporal Humberto Sanchez of Logansport made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. He stood the line of good and evil for America as a US Marine,” the sheriff’s office stated in a Facebook post.
Rep. Jim Baird
Baird, R-Ind., represents the 4th congressional district in Indiana, which includes Logansport.
“He bravely answered the call to serve his nation, and I am both proud of his service and deeply saddened by his loss,” a portion of Baird’s Twitter statement said.
Rep. Jackie Walorski
Rep. Victoria Spartz
Indiana Democratic Party
The party shared a statement on Twitter Saturday morning.
“Our hearts ache after learning Corporal Humberto Sanchez – a Hoosier – was among the servicemembers we lost during this week’s terrorist attack in Afghanistan.”
Attorney General Todd Rokita
Before becoming the state’s attorney general, Rokita served as representative for Indiana’s 4th congressional district from 2011 to 2019.
Sen. Todd Young
“In the Marines, our motto is Semper Fidelis, meaning always faithful. Humberto Sanchez embodies this commitment, and we must never forget his bravery and his sacrifice.”
Sen. Mike Braun
Gov. Eric Holcomb
Holcomb acknowledged the lives lost in Afghanistan in a Twitter statement on Friday. On Saturday afternoon, he shared the following statement:
“I ask all Hoosiers so inclined to send prayers to the family of one of America’s finest, U.S. Marine, Corporal Humberto Sanchez.
Few among us answer a call of duty so dangerous as Corporal Sanchez volunteered to do. In doing so, he made the ultimate sacrifice so others could live and find freedom.
While Janet and I mourn his loss, we hold up his incredible legacy of service above self and vow to honor him in every way we know how.”
USA TODAY contributed to this report.