Residents of Milan, Ohio and patriots across the country are mourning the loss of one of their own, a young Ohio Navy medic who was killed in the Kabul terrorist attack Thursday.
One of the 13 U.S. service members (and more than 100 Afghans) killed, Max Soviak graduated just four years ago from Edison High School.
Soviak’s body was among the dead after the terrorist group ISIS-K bombed released gunfire at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Edison Local Schools released a statement Friday on Soviak’s passing.
“It is with deepest sorrow that I am sharing this news,” the statement read. “The Edison Local Schools was informed this morning that Max Soviak, a 2017 graduate of Edison High School, was killed in the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan yesterday. Max was a good student who was active in sports and other activities throughout his school career. He was well respected and liked by everyone who knew him. Max was full of life in everything he did. Our schools and local community are mourning the loss of Max. He and his family are in all of our thoughts and prayers.”
The statement noted that Soviak’s family has asked that everyone respect their privacy at this difficult time.
Soviak’s sister, Marilyn Soviak, expressed her sorrow for the loss of her brother on Instagram, writing in part, “I’ve never been one for politics and i’m not going to start now. What I will say is that my beautiful, intelligent, beat-to-the-sound of his own drum, annoying, charming baby brother was killed yesterday helping to save lives.”
Eighteen U.S. service members were also wounded in the attacks, marking the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since August 2011.
Cynthia Leal Massey