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Marine EOD Nick Daniels killed in Afghanistan

Chicago Tribune   November 6, 2011

Outside the Elmwood Park home where 25-year-old Marine Nick Daniels grew up, his younger sister, Kati, is still coming to grips with her family’s loss.

“I never thought it would happen to him,” she said. “It’s really hard, ya know — he was just so young.”

Daniels was an all-conference football player, graduating from St. Pat`s high school on Chicago’s Northwest Side before going onto college briefly.

Less than two years ago, he enlisted in the Marine Corps– the first of his generation to do so.

His sister said that becoming a marine was something Daniels always wanted to do so he went ahead and did it.

A family photograph was taken in August as they said goodbye before his first deployment as a bomb disposal Marine in Afghanistan.

“I just didn`t believe it because he was only there for a month and a half and he just got an award for digging up a bomb and then this happened,” Kati said, “and I didn`t want to believe it when they came to our house.”

Now others, like the Patriot Guard Riders, are making visits, helping this family deal with a sudden loss.

Patriot Guard Rider Dave Hume said “we’ve seen way too many grieving families [and that he has] been in too many airports, in too many hangars, watching too many caskets come off of the flights.”

“This Marine will not be unattended,” Hume added, “There will be a marine at his side the entire time.”

Some comfort for the Daniels family, who will now hold onto memories of their oldest son and brother.

Kati added that her brother “just loved making everyone laugh. He was a great guy; he just wanted everyone to have fun.”

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