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Remembering Spc. Rob Lee Nichols

Family and friends pay tribute to Spc. Rob Lee Nichols who was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother Donna Ribisi receives one of his military medals while his stepfather Robert Ribisi watches during the military honors Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother Donna Ribisi receives one of his military medals while his stepfather Robert Ribisi watches during the military honors Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives one of his son's badges during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives one of his son's medals during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi,  break down during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi, break down during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi,  receive a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi, receive a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The dogtags of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, hang on his casket Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The dogtags of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, hang on his casket Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's family during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's family during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Patriot guard members line the parking lot to pay respect to Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriot guard members line the parking lot to pay respect to Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Pipe major Sam Swancutt leads the honor guard members who were carrying the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Pipe major Sam Swancutt leads the honor guard members who were carrying the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives is given a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives is given a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Pipe Major Sam Swancutt plays the bagpipes during the miltary honors for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Pipe Major Sam Swancutt plays the bagpipes during the miltary honors for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, into place before the military honors for Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, into place before the military honors for Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Molly Nichols, 8, cries as she stands between her father, Bruce Nichols, and her mother, Jeanne Nichols, during the military honors for her half brother, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Molly Nichols, 8, cries as she stands between her father, Bruce Nichols, and her mother, Jeanne Nichols, during the military honors for her half brother, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into place  before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into place before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Patriot Guard members stand outside Holy Apostles Catholic Church Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, before the memorial service for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols who was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriot Guard members stand outside Holy Apostles Catholic Church Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, before the memorial service for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols who was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs before the memorial services for him. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs before the memorial services for him. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Bruce Nichols is comforted after the military honors for his son, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Bruce Nichols is comforted after the military honors for his son, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother Donna Ribisi receives one of his military medals while his stepfather Robert Ribisi watches during the military honors Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother Donna Ribisi receives one of his military medals while his stepfather Robert Ribisi watches during the military honors Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives one of his son's badges during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives one of his son's medals during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi,  break down during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi, break down during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi,  receive a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's mother, Donna Ribisi, and stepfather, Robert Ribisi, receive a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The dogtags of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, hang on his casket Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The dogtags of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, hang on his casket Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's family during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's family during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriot guard members line the parking lot to pay respect to Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriot guard members line the parking lot to pay respect to Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Pipe major Sam Swancutt leads the honor guard members who were carrying the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Pipe major Sam Swancutt leads the honor guard members who were carrying the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives is given a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spc. Rob Lee Nichols's father, Bruce Nichols, receives is given a U.S. Flag during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members prepare the U.S. Flag for the family of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols during the military honors for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Pipe Major Sam Swancutt plays the bagpipes during the miltary honors for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Pipe Major Sam Swancutt plays the bagpipes during the miltary honors for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, into place before the military honors for Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, into place before the military honors for Nichols Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Molly Nichols, 8, cries as she stands between her father, Bruce Nichols, and her mother, Jeanne Nichols, during the military honors for her half brother, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Molly Nichols, 8, cries as she stands between her father, Bruce Nichols, and her mother, Jeanne Nichols, during the military honors for her half brother, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into place  before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into place before the military honors ceremony for Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriot Guard members stand outside Holy Apostles Catholic Church Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, before the memorial service for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols who was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patriot Guard members stand outside Holy Apostles Catholic Church Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, before the memorial service for Spc. Rob Lee Nichols who was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs before the memorial services for him. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Honor guard members carry the body of Spc. Rob Lee Nichols into Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs before the memorial services for him. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Bruce Nichols is comforted after the military honors for his son, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Bruce Nichols is comforted after the military honors for his son, Spc. Rob Lee Nichols, 24, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court in Colorado Springs. Nichols was killed in Afghanistan July 23, 2013. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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