Funeral and procession arrangements for Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez begin Thursday in Indio. The 22-year-old Marine was one of 13 U.S. service members who were killed in the Kabul Airport attack on Aug. 26.
Due to personal ties to Lopez and his family, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement about the fallen Marine.
“Hunter dedicated his life to service and took pride in being part of organizations with a rich tradition. Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Hunter was a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Scout from 2014-2017 for Post 507, where he obtained the rank of Captain,” the department shared in a statement.
The department went on to describe Lopez as a man devoted to serving others and constantly seeking knowledge and experience from those he respected and admired. In addition to Lopez’s participation in department programs, his father Herman is a captain with RCSD.
There will be three days of events as part of Lopez’s funeral services and commemorations of the Marine’s life. The first event will take place Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
RCSD and several agencies will block and divert traffic to assist in the events for Lopez. The department has provided maps of procession routes to assist the public and ask that those not attending use alternate routes during the procession hours.
Thursday, Sept. 16: 5:30 p.m. procession begins at Forest Lawn at 69855 E. Ramon Road in Cathedral City. The procession will end at St. Francis of Assisi at 47225 Washington Street in La Quinta.
Friday, Sept. 17: 9 a.m. procession begins at St. Francis of Assisi and will travel past several schools attended by Cpl. Lopez. Schools include Amelia Earhart Elementary School, John Glen Middle School and La Quinta High School. The procession will ultimately return to St. Francis of Assisi, where the public will be able to attend a viewing from noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18: 11 a.m. memorial service will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Oasis Room will be open to the public to watch the ceremony. Public parking is available on Avenida Caballeros. Once concluded, a procession will travel to Riverside National Cemetery where Cpl. Lopez will be laid to rest.