(AP) – A U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer from Illinois is among the eight dead who were aboard a Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal.
Officials identified the victims Sunday. Cpl. Sara A. Medina, a combat photographer with Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan, and a native of Illinois, was among them.
Six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers lost their lives in the crash. A statement from the U.S. military joint task force in Okinawa identified the Marines killed.
The UH-1 “Huey” helicopter went missing Tuesday while delivering rice and tarps. The wreckage was found Friday following days of searching in the mountains northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. The cause of the crash has not been determined.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says a U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer from Illinois made “the ultimate sacrifice” while helping the people of Nepal.
Rauner says Medina’s dedication to serving and protecting others makes her a role model and “she will never be forgotten.”