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Divers Find Remains Of Missing Sailors Aboard USS John McCain Including Missing El Paso Sailor

US Navy photo/Released
US Navy photo/Released

The remains of 10 sailors who were listed as missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker last week have been found and identified.

The collision between the two ships happened near Singapore last week, and led to the removal of Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as the commander of the 7th Fleet. There have been four accidents involving a U.S. warship this year and the McCain collision was the second deadly accident this year.

Among the bodies found was El Pasoan and Irvin High School graduate, Abraham Lopez. Lopez’s stepbrother, Ramiro Garcia, told ABC-7 that Lopez was married and a father of two daughters. Lopez had told Garcia that he had been wanting to retire because his daughter’s were growing up and he wanted to spend more time with them.

Lopez posted on his Facebook page before his latest deployment “Deployed and left homeport for the last and final time in my Naval career yesterday afternoon. Will be out to sea for the next 4 months or so. Feels so good to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Take care peeps… I’ll see you when I see you.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Abraham Lopez. We cannot imagine the grief you must be going through. We can only thank Abraham for his service and sacrifice to our country.

May he rest in peace.

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