The city of La Quinta will hold a candlelight vigil Saturday to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as U.S. Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez, an Indio resident who was one of 13 service members killed in a bombing in Afghanistan last month.
The service will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the La Quinta Civic Center at 78495 Calle Tampico.
Lopez died Aug. 26 in a suicide bombing at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country. He will also be honored as a part of the ceremony, city spokeswoman Marcie Graham told the Desert Sun.
Lopez was the son of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Alicia Lopez and Sheriff’s Captain Herman Lopez. According to the Riverside Sheriff’s Association, Hunter Lopez was a Riverside County Sheriff’s Explorer Scout with the Palm Desert Station from September 2014 to August 2017, and he planned to become a sheriff’s deputy upon his return from Afghanistan.
The ceremony will feature musical performances, speeches from local dignitaries and public art composed from World Trade Center building remnants.