Dad of Marine Rylee McCollum killed in Kabul reveals heartbreaking last message he sent son before suicide blast

THE heartbroken dad of a newlywed Marine who was killed in the Kabul suicide blast has revealed the last message he sent to his son.

Rylee McCollum, 20, had only been in Afghanistan a matter of weeks and was due home in October to be reunited with his pregnant wife Jiennah Crayton, known as Gigi.


The young Marine was one of the 13 American servicemembers killed in the terror attack at Kabaul airport on Thursday.

His devastated dad, Jim, has hailed his son "selfless" in a touching tribute and he revealed the last message he sent to his son read: "Hey man… You good?" – which Rylee never responded to as he was caught up in the deadly blast.

"The world changed for me a little bit Friday morning," Jim wrote on Facebook.

"I'm sure I'll find that whimsical side of me again, but for now, I am somewhat empty. It could be that I'm sad.

"It could be that I'm empty, or it could be that I am just tried.

"I've managed about 6 hours of sleep since I rest my head on a pillow Thursday night, hoping to wake up seeing that my son had read my last message to him…'Hey man…You good?'

"We know now, that he was not."

The grief-stricken dad has said he has been overwhelmed by support given since his son's tragic death.

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"I have tried to respond and reply to the overwhelming number of messages and posts that build up in my notifications," Jim added.

"The grief comes in waves.

"The love and support shown to me and my family, but most importantly, to and for Rylee, has taken me by surprise. I never knew.

"I told my girls today, that I realize there is still good in this world.

"It took Rylee's selfless actions and the flood of love that has manifested out of loss to bring it to the forefront."

Rylee's new wife is expecting their first baby in just three weeks

The couple only tied the knot in February this year having eloped in Vegas, and his mother-in-law, Jill Miller Crayton, said her 20-year-old daughter is "crushed" having been told the devastating news.

She told The Sun exclusively she is rushing to be by her side, flying to California, saying: "She's having his baby next month, my first grandbaby.

"I'm working on getting a flight right now, I’m trying to get my week covered from work.

"I didn't get to know him, I didn't even get to meet him, but I do know that she was madly in love with him. He was her everything her future and her best friend.

"I couldn't wait to meet him, he made her so incredibly happy. I hadn’t known her to be so happy until she married him and found out she was pregnant. It was like she was complete."

'SENT MY SON TO DIE'

Meanwhile, Rylee's mom has slammed Joe Biden, branding him a "dementia-ridden piece of cr**" who sent her son "to die."

Kathy McCollum called into the Wilkow Majority on SiriusXM Patriot radio to give the President a piece of her mind.

“That feckless, dementia-ridden piece of cr** just sent my son to die,” she said.

“I woke up at four o’clock this morning, two Marines at my door telling me my son was dead."

She went on to slam Press Secretary Jen Psaki after the host played an audio clip from a White House press conference.

"So, to have her on right before me and listen to that piece of cr** talk about diplomatic crap with frickin Taliban terrorists who just freakin blew up my son and no, nothing, to not say anything about oh my god, I’m so sorry for the families.

"So, my son is gone. And I just want all you Democrats who cheated in the election or who voted for him legitimately, you just killed my son," she added, referencing Trump's disproven claims of voter fraud.

Rylee was one of the 13 heroic US troops who died in the terror attack on Thursday which killed more than 170 people.

The troops lost their lives after ISIS released a suicide bomber into the grounds near Kabul airport where the US was helping innocent Afghans escape the Taliban-ruled city.

The other 10 Marines were identified as Nicole Gee, Dylan Merola, Kareem Nikoui, Jared Schmitz, Humberto Sanchez, Hunter Lopez, Taylor Hoover, Daegan Page, Johanny Rosario Pichardo, and 20-year-old David Lee Espinoza.

A US Navy medic has been identified as Max Soviak. Finally, a US Army soldier named Ryan Knauss was also killed.

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