This Aug. 26, 2021, photo, released by U.S. Marine Corps/II Marine Expeditionary Force, shows U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, second from left, while supporting evacuation operations in Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Gee died following an attack near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California, was a maintenance technician with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. (U.S. Marine Corps/II Marine Expeditionary Force via AP)
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The friends and family of slain U.S. Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee celebrated her life and legacy. The community of Roseville, California gathered to hold a memorial vigil to honor her.
On Tuesday, a group came together at the Vernon Street Town Square to pay tribute to one of the 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul airport terrorist attack. Many of those close to her shared stories and memories of the 23-year-old.
Gee’s older sister, Misty Fuoco, celebrated her as her best friend.
“She was an amazing sister, wife, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin, friend and she was one pretty badass marine,” she stated. “For Nicole good was never good enough, she had to be great and that’s exactly what she was…she was proud to be Marine and she was proud of what she was doing in Afghanistan.”
In this Aug. 20, 2021, image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), including Sgt. Nicole Gee calms an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials said Aug. 28, that Gee of Sacramento, Calif., was one of the Marines killed in Thursday’s bombing at the airport. (Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)
One of her friend’s and a fellow Marine, Erin Libolt, discussed her experience in the military with Gee.
“I’ll always remember her being there for me throughout boot camp, we were partners for everything,” said Libolt. “…She was always looking to help others with anything, she was joyful in her hard work and the hardest worker in the room. I thank God for bringing her into my life.”
Before her father, Richard Herrera, left the stage, he had one request. He pleaded, “never forget her please, never forget her.”
Nicole leaves behind her husband and fellow Oakmont High School Graduate Jarod Gee.