Remains of Marine Killed in Afghanistan to Arrive at Forest Lawn Covina Hills

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
September 21, 2021 Updated: September 21, 2021

COVINA, Calif.—The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, who was among 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, will be returned to the Southland today and carried in a procession to Forest Lawn Covina Hills.

Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County, died Aug. 26 in the attack at Kabul Airport that also killed 10 other Marines, a U.S. Navy corpsman, and a U.S. Army soldier, along with more than 100 Afghanis.

Two other Southland Marines—Lance Cpl. Kareem Grant Nikoui, 20, of Norco, and Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio—also died in the attack.

According to San Bernardino County officials, a procession carrying Merola’s remains will depart Ontario International Airport at about 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday bound for Covina. Authorities urged residents to show their support by lining the procession’s route with flags to honor the fallen Marine.

From the airport, the procession will travel:
— east on Mission Boulevard;
— north on Haven Avenue;
— east on Sixth Street;
— north on Milliken Avenue;
— east on Vintage Drive;
— north on Rochester Avenue;
— west on Banyan Street, traveling past Los Osos High School, which Merola attended;
— north on Milliken Avenue;
— west curve onto Wilson Avenue;
— south onto Haven Avenue;
— west on the 210 Freeway;
— south on the 57 Freeway;
— west on the 10 Freeway, exiting at Via Verde Street; and
— ending at Forest Lawn Covina Hills, 21300 Via Verde St.

The arrival of Merola’s remains at the airport will be a private event reserved for the family.

A public funeral service for Merola will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Forest Lawn, followed by a private burial service.