Last Thursday, Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo was killed in a suicide bombing at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan. The 25-year-old, one of 13 U.S. service members killed in the attack, grew up in Lawrence and attended Lawrence High School, where she participated in the Junior ROTC program.
According to the Boston Globe, Rosario was volunteering to help women and children evacuate Afghanistan. Rosario Pichardo was on her second tour, her first one beginning when she was just 18-years-old. This time, she was assigned to the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity in Bahrain and was deployed to Afghanistan on Aug. 15.
Rosario Pichardo is remembered for her dedication to service and community, and volunteered at Lawrence’s Cor Unum Meal Center as a JROTC cadet. She was also recognized with “Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, two Marine Corps Good Conduct medals, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and two letters of appreciation,” the Globe reported.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help provide financial support for Rosario Pichardo’s family. So far, the fund has already tripled its goal of $20,000.
The page described Rosario Pichardo as “a selfless Marine helping desperate people fleeing away from a life under Taliban [who] held the torch for her family in Lawrence” and “the steady force that the family looked up to for strength and moral support.”
Please visit here to contribute and support the loved ones that Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, a local and national hero, left behind.