The body of Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, who was among 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, was returned to the Southland Tuesday and carried in a procession to Forest Lawn Covina Hills.

Thousands lined sidewalks and freeway overpasses, many holding American flags, along the route from Ontario International Airport.

Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County, died Aug. 26 in the attack at Kabul Airport that also killed 10 other Marines, a U.S. Navy corpsman and a U.S. Army soldier, along with more than 100 Afghanis.

Two other Southland Marines — Lance Cpl. Kareem Grant Nikoui, 20, of Norco, and Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio — also died in the attack.

From the airport, the procession traveled:

— east on Mission Boulevard;

— north on Haven Avenue;

— east on Sixth Street;

— north on Milliken Avenue;

— east on Vintage Drive;

— north on Rochester Avenue;

— west on Banyan Street, traveling past Los Osos High School, which Merola attended;

— north on Milliken Avenue;

— west curve onto Wilson Avenue;

— south onto Haven Avenue;

— west on the Foothill (210) Freeway;

— south on the Orange (57) Freeway;

— west on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, exiting at Via Verde Street; and

— ending at Forest Lawn Covina Hills.

A public funeral service for Merola will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Forest Lawn, followed by a private burial service.

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