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Father Of Slain Marine Rylee McCollum Runs For Legislature

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The father of a fallen U.S. Marine from Wyoming has filed to run for the state House of Representatives seat representing House District 16 in Teton County, according to the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office.

Jim McCollum, father of the late Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, filed to run for the House as a Republican. Democrat Mike Yin currently holds the seat and has filed to run again.

McCollum told KHOL radio in Jackson that running for office was never a lifelong ambition or part of any plan.

“I didn’t seek this. I wasn’t looking for this. It’s not like [I thought], ‘This what I need to do.’ It just found me,” McCollum said. “It’s like, ‘You know what? This kind of makes sense. Maybe I can make a difference.’”

Unlike the rest of the state, Teton County is blue and a Republican candidate is not necessarily the safe bet to be winner. To that end, McCollum played down his party affiliation.

“The ‘R’ behind my name, don’t let that scare you,” McCollum told the radio station. “Respect and responsibility. Think of it that way.”

How does McCollum describe himself? What you see is what you get.

“I’m unfiltered. I’m very raw. Sometimes, I’m abrasive. But you know where I stand. I don’t ride the fence. You know what I say is what I mean,” McCollum said. “But I’m also intelligent enough to know, ‘Hey, you know, my view can change.’ We can have this conversation.”

Meanwhile, Yin, who has served in the Legislature since 2018, didn’t address his competitor directly but told Cowboy State Daily that he looks forward to talking with his community during the campaign about how to best serve Wyoming.

“I’ll continue to focus on how we work to ensure Wyoming is a place we can raise a family and that our kids can live and work in Wyoming and raise their own families in the future,” he said.

McCollum’s son Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was killed last August as the United States prepared to pull out of Afghanistan after 20 years of occupying the country. McCollum, 20, was one of 12 soldiers killed in a terrorist attack.

He was married and expecting a child, a daughter who was born weeks after his death.

More than $1 million was raised in support of the McCollum family through various GoFundMe campaigns. Actor Alec Baldwin even donated $5,000, although this would later be at the root of a conflict between Baldwin and the McCollum family that spawned a lawsuit in federal court. The lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge.

The McCollum family declined to meet with President Joe Biden after the Rylee’s death because they said they held him responsible for the young Marine’s untimely death.

Jiennah McCollum, Rylee’s widow, did meet with Biden briefly but reportedly left disappointed because she said she felt he was following a script.

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Judge Allows Alec Baldwin’s NY Attorney To Represent Him In Wyoming Defamation Case

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that actor Alec Baldwin’s New York attorney can represent him in Wyoming in the $25 million defamation lawsuit filed against Baldwin by the family of a Wyoming man killed in action in Afghanistan.

Judge Kelly Rankin approved a request that attorney Luke Nikas, who is not licensed to practice law in Wyoming, be allowed to represent Baldwin in the case.

Nikas holds a degree from Harvard Law School and his practice areas range from media and entertainment litigation to art litigation.

Nikas has represented Baldwin in other cases, most recently regarding the actor’s accidental shooting and killing of a cinematographer and injuring of the director on the film set, “Rust.” Baldwin has been named in several lawsuits regarding the incident, in which he was practicing for a scene that required him to draw a gun.

Baldwin has claimed no legal responsibility for the cinematographer’s death.

In the Wyoming case, Baldwin is accused of defaming multiple members of Rylee McCollum’s family on Instagram. McCollum was the U.S. Marine from Jackson who was killed as the United States was pulling out of Afghanistan in August 2021.

Three attorneys from the Cheyenne law firm Long, Reimer and Winegar have submitted notices to the court that they will be Baldwin’s local counsel.

Roice and Cheyenne McCollum, the sisters of Rylee McCollum, and his widow Jiennah McCollum are asking for damages of at least $25 million in the lawsuit filed in January.

According to the lawsuit, Baldwin first contacted the McCollum family in August, sending Rylee’s sister Roice McCollum a check for $5,000 to help Rylee’s wife and child.

The check was “a tribute to a fallen soldier,” Baldwin told Roice.

Court documents state that on Jan. 3, Roice posted a photo on her Instagram page that she took on Jan. 6, 2021, showing a crowd of demonstrators at the Washington Monument. Roice posted the photo, the lawsuit said, in anticipation of the 1-year anniversary of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

While Roice attended a demonstration in Washington, D.C., in support of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, she was not involved in the subsequent invasion of the U.S. Capitol and while she was later interviewed by the FBI, she was never accused of or charged with a crime.

Baldwin commented on Roice’s posting, asking, “Are you the same woman I sent the $ for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?”

Upon confirmation that she was the sister of Rylee McCollum, Baldwin sent private messages Roice and accused her of being an insurrectionist.

“When I sent the $ for your late brother, out of real respect for his service to this country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter,” Baldwin wrote in one message.

Roice responded by telling the actor that protesting was legal in the United States and that she had already spoken with the FBI, but he persisted, according to the lawsuit.

“Your activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election. I reposted your photo. Good luck,” Baldwin wrote back.

Baldwin later claimed on social media that he was trying to point out irony in his reposting of her photo, by juxtaposing her brother’s sacrifice for the country with Roice being an “insurrectionist.”

Baldwin reposted Roice’s photo on his own Instagram account, which has 2.4 million followers, discussing the Capitol attack and mentioning Roice’s involvement in the protest on Jan. 6, 2021.

Within 20 minutes of his post, Roice began to receive hostile, aggressive and hateful messages from Baldwin’s followers, the lawsuit said.

One message said “Get raped and die, you worthless [expletive]. Your brother got what he deserved.” Roice forwarded this message on to Baldwin, sarcastically thanking him for the post.

Baldwin ultimately followed the person who sent the message on Instagram. He also chimed in on the feed, calling Roice an insurrectionist and claiming she participated in the riot.

He also misidentified Jiennah as an insurrectionist in one Instagram comment, although she was not in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021. People began sending hateful and threatening messages Jiennah and Cheyenne McCollum, Rylee’s eldest sister, the lawsuit said.

Other messages called on Baldwin to get a refund of his money and comparing the McCollum family to ISIS and Nazis.

Baldwin did nothing to stop his followers from contacting the family, the lawsuit said.

“Baldwin’s conduct was negligent and reckless as he should have known that making the allegations he did against Plaintiffs to his millions of followers would cause Plaintiffs harm,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit claims the three women have suffered from headaches, nausea, loss of sleep, severe anxiety, mental distress and fear for their lives due to Baldwin’s post.

The lawsuit seeks damages for all three women on allegations of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress

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Rylee McCollum Honored During Wyoming House Session Tuesday

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The late Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was honored Tuesday during the Wyoming House of Representatives floor session.

Speaker of the House Eric Barlow, R-Gillette, read a joint resolution signed by all the House members to the legislators. Gov. Mark Gordon was in attendance during the commemoration.

“The 66th Wyoming legislature of the state of Wyoming recognizes and honors Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum,” Barlow said. “Be it resolved by the 66th Wyoming Legislature, whereas…Rylee McCollum of Bondurant Wyoming was a beloved son, brother, husband, and father, to an infant daughter born shortly after his death…Rylee McCollum was born on February 26, 2001, in Riverton, Wyoming, spent his early days in DuBois…and graduated from Summit Innovations School in 2019.”

McCollum, a Jackson native, was one of 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan in August as the U.S. military pulled out of the country after 20 years of fighting.

Chaplain Matthew Sullivan also gave a prayer honoring McCollum and his fellow soldiers from Wyoming who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

Representative Shelly Duncan, R-Lingle, read a poem by McCollum’s father, Jim McCollum, that commemorated his son.

“Many people don’t know how prolific of a writer Jim McCollum is, us close to him do,” Duncan said. “He’s a poet, he’s a writer, and to be able to get through all this, he has been gutting us every week, every day, so it was hard to choose.”

Jim McCollum was in the chamber on Tuesday, and thanked the legislature for their kind words about his son.

“I’m blessed to be here, surrounded by you guys. Thank you for this. Rylee was a patriot. Rylee was Wyoming through and through,” McCollum said. “He knew wanted to be a Marine from the time he was three-years-old. He did exactly what he wanted to do, he was exactly where he wanted to be, and we’ve learned in the aftermath that he was with who he wanted to be with, and died doing something greater than himself. You guys do that every day, I know you’re making a difference for the rest of us.”

McCollum’s heroism has been praised in the months since his death. More than $1 million was raised through various fundraisers for McCollum’s widow and baby that was born about a month after his death.

McCollum’s widow and sisters are suing Alec Baldwin for defamation following an Instagram post. Baldwin sent the family a donation following McCollum’s death.

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Sisters, Widow Of Fallen Wyoming Marine Suing Alec Baldwin For Instagram Defamation

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The sisters and widow of a Wyoming Marine killed in the line of duty in August are suing actor Alec Baldwin for defamation, accusing him of making false allegations on his Instagram account about their involvement in the invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Roice and Cheyenne McCollum, the sisters of Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, and his widow Jiennah McCollum are asking for damages of at least $25 million in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wyoming.

According to the lawsuit, Baldwin first contacted the McCollum family in August after Rylee McCollum was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Baldwin reached out to Roice McCollum, Rylee’s older sister, and sent her a check for $5,000 for Jiennah McCollum and her child. The check was “a tribute to a fallen soldier,” Baldwin told Roice.

The court documents state that on Jan. 3, Roice posted a photo on her Instagram page that she took on Jan. 6, 2021, showing a crowd of demonstrators at the Washington Monument. Roice posted the photo, the lawsuit said, in anticipation of the 1-year anniversary of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

While Roice attended a demonstration in Washington, D.C., in support of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, she was not involved in the riot and while she was later interviewed by the FBI, she was never accused of or charged with a crime.

Baldwin commented on Roice’s posting, asking, “Are you the same woman I sent the $ for your sister’s husband who was killed during the Afghanistan exit?”

Upon confirmation that she was the sister of Rylee McCollum, Baldwin sent private messages Roice and accused her of being an insurrectionist.

“When I sent the $ for your late brother, out of real respect for his service to this country, I didn’t know you were a January 6th rioter,” Baldwin wrote in one message.

Roice responded by telling the actor that protesting was legal in the United States and that she had already spoken with the FBI, but he persisted, according to the lawsuit.

“Your activities resulted in the unlawful destruction of government property, the death of a law enforcement officer, an assault on the certification of the presidential election. I reposted your photo. Good luck,” Baldwin wrote back.

Baldwin later claimed on social media that he was trying to point out irony in his reposting of her phot, by juxtaposing her brother’s sacrifice for the country with Roice being an “insurrectionist.”

Baldwin reposted Roice’s photo on his own Instagram account, which has 2.4 million followers, discussing the Capitol attack and mentioning Roice’s involvement in the protest on Jan. 6, 2021.

Within 20 minutes of his post, Roice began to receive hostile, aggressive and hateful messages from Baldwin’s followers, the lawsuit said.

One message said “Get raped and die, you worthless [expletive]. Your brother got what he deserved.” Roice forwarded this message on to Baldwin, sarcastically thanking him for the post.

Baldwin ultimately followed the person who sent the message on Instagram. He also chimed in on the feed, calling Roice an insurrectionist and claiming she participated in the riot.

He also misidentified Jiennah as an insurrectionist in one Instagram comment, although she was not in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021. People began sending hateful and threatening messages Jiennah and Cheyenne McCollum, Rylee’s eldest sister.

Other messages called on Baldwin to get a refund of his money and comparing the McCollum family to ISIS and Nazis,

Baldwin did nothing to stop his followers from contacting the family, the lawsuit said.

“Baldwin’s conduct was negligent and reckless as he should have known that making the allegations he did against Plaintiffs to his millions of followers would cause Plaintiffs harm,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit claims the three women have suffered from headaches, nausea, loss of sleep, severe anxiety, mental distress and fear for their lives due to Baldwin’s post.

The lawsuit seeks damages for all three women on allegations of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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Rylee McCollum To Posthumously Receive Congressional Gold Medal

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum and 12 other servicemen killed in Afghanistan in August will posthumously receive the Congressional Gold Medal, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney announced Monday.

McCollum, a Jackson native, was one of 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan last month as the U.S. military pulled out of the country after 20 years of fighting.

“On August 26, 2021, Rylee McCollum and 12 other servicemembers made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation,” Cheney wrote on social media Monday. “Today, the House voted to posthumously honor these fallen American heroes with the Congressional Gold Medal. Their bravery will never be forgotten.”

The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress’ highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by people or institutions. Congress has been awarding gold medals since the Revolutionary War, and President George Washington was among its first recipients.

More than 170 people, institutions and events have received the medal, including the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King and late President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, just to name a few.

The most recent awardees included the U.S. Capitol police officers who kept legislators safe during the January attack on the building.

Usually, the awardee’s likeness is engraved onto the medal.

McCollum’s heroism has been lauded since his death, with people all over the nation donating to the care and education of his recently born daughter, Levi Rylee Rose. More than $1 million was raised for the McCollum family.

McCollum’s funeral was held over the weekend, more than a month after his body had been brought back to Wyoming.

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More Than $1M Raised For Rylee McCollum’s Wife, Newborn Baby

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

More than $1 million has been raised for the wife and newborn child of a recently killed Marine from Wyoming.

As of Monday, nearly $1.1 million has been raised for the family of Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum of Jackson through various fundraisers and GoFundMe campaigns.

McCollum was one of 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan last month as the U.S. military pulled out of the country after 20 years of fighting.

The GoFundMe “Love for Gigi,” a nickname for McCollum’s wife, had raised more than $232,000. The “Rest Easy USMC Rylee McCollum” had raised more than $66,000.

The largest GoFundMe campaign, “Rylee McCollum’s Child Education Fund,” has raised more than $685,000.

Chronicles Distilling in Cheyenne hosted a fundraiser for the McCollum family, raising more than $73,000 in the process.

Distillery co-owner Chase Lesher was a machine gunner in the Marines and served in Afghanistan, and his brother, co-owner Aaron Lesher, also served in Iraq in the Marines, which made them want to host the fundraiser.

“The news of the Marines and sailor that lost their lives during the bombing…angered us greatly,” Chase Lesher said in an announcement for the fundraiser. “Finding out that one of the Marines…was from Wyoming and had a wife with a child due within a month made it even more emotional for us.”

Two bars in Ashland, Montana, a town of less than 1,000 people, came together to raise another $2,000 for the McCollum family, according to a social media post shared by Chronicles over the weekend.

“We were honored to participate as we have young veterans working for us and we are very much in love with our country,” a letter from The Office Bar and Otter Creek Saloon said.

McCollum’s daughter, Levi Rylee Rose McCollum, was born one week ago and weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces. She was born at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in California.

“Welcome to the world my sweet baby 🧡 i love you with my whole heart,” a social media post from McCollum’s wife, Jiennah Crayton, said.

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Lummis Honors Slain Wyoming Marine Rylee McCollum on Senate Floor

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Stating that Wyoming’s “heart is heavy with grief today,” U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to pay tribute to Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum, a U.S. Marine from Jackson who was one of 13 service members killed in Afghanistan last month.

McCollum’s wife Gigi gave birth to their daughter early Tuesday morning and Lummis said although Rylee will never know Levi Rylee Rose McCollum, she will be in good hands.

“She will be surrounded by love from mother Gigi, proud grandfather, Jim McCollum, Rylee’s sisters, and many other relatives who will share with Levi what a wonderful and heroic father she had,” Lummis said.

The senator said she spent some time with McCollum’s family over the weekend and had the honor of expressing Wyoming’s “deep appreciation of Rylee’s sacrifice to them” pointing to the thousands of people who lined Jackson’s streets to welcome him home.

“Wyoming’s very special way of honoring its beloved Rylee was on full display last Friday, people waving American flags lined the streets of Jackson to give Rylee a hero’s welcome as his remains were returned home,” she said.

“The people of Wyoming are heartbroken but infinitely proud of his bravery and sacrifice,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Rylee’s father Jim wrote a poem welcoming his granddaughter into the world and posted it on his Facebook account.

Levi Rylee rose
I love you little girl
You blessed us with light and love
When you came into the world
Hold on to your mama
She’s needing you right now
You’re precious
You are beautiful
You brought the world together somehow
Your daddy
He’s watching over you
He loves you both so much
You’ll feel him with you always
A random feather
A subtle touch
I can’t wait to hold you
I’m excited to watch you grow
I love you little Levi Rylee Rose
I wanted you to know

Me
Grandpa
Wykid

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Fallen Marine Rylee McCollum’s Baby Is Born

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Nearly one month after he was killed, fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum of Jackson’s baby has been born.

Levi Rylee Rose McCollum was born Monday and weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces. She was born at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in California.

“Welcome to the world my sweet baby 🧡 i love you with my whole heart,” a social media post from McCollum’s wife, Jiennah Crayton, said.

Jim McCollum, the fallen Marine’s father, wrote a poem to celebrate the girl’s birth

Levi Rylee rose
I love you little girl
You blessed us with light and love
When you came into the world
Hold on to your mama
She’s needing you right now
You’re precious
You are beautiful
You brought the world together somehow
Your daddy
He’s watching over you
He loves you both so much
You’ll feel him with you always
A random feather
A subtle touch
I can’t wait to hold you
I’m excited to watch you grow
I love you little Levi Rylee Rose
I wanted you to know

Me
Grandpa
Wykid

Rylee McCollum was one of 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan last month as the U.S. military pulled out of the country after 20 years of fighting.

His body was brought back to Wyoming on Friday and he was given a hero’s welcome with a massive procession through downtown Jackson. No announcements have yet been made about his funeral arrangements.

Since his death, people from all over the country have come together to honor the Marine for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country.

On Sunday, Chronicles Distilling in Cheyenne hosted a fundraiser for the McCollum family, raising more than $73,000 in the process.

Distillery co-owner Chase Lesher was a machine gunner in the Marines and served in Afghanistan, and his brother, co-owner Aaron Lesher, also served in Iraq in the Marines, which made them want to host the fundraiser.

“The news of the Marines and sailor that lost their lives during the bombing…angered us greatly,” Chase Lesher said in an announcement for the fundraiser. “Finding out that one of the Marines…was from Wyoming and had a wife with a child due within a month made it even more emotional for us.”

In addition to the fundraising effort by Chronicles, three GoFundMe pages have been launched in the wake of McCollum’s death, all raising money for McCollum’s wife and unborn child.

In total, more than $827,610 has been raised for the family since McCollum was killed.

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Nearly $1M Raised For Fallen Marine Rylee McCollum’s Family

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Nearly $1 million has been raised for the family of a Jackson Marine who was killed last month in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was one of 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan last month as the U.S. military pulled out of the country after 20 years of fighting.

His body was brought back to Wyoming on Friday and he was given a hero’s welcome with a massive procession through downtown Jackson. No announcements have yet been made about his funeral arrangements.

McCollum’s wife is due to give birth soon to their first child.

Since his death, people from all over the country have come together to honor the Marine for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country.

On Sunday, Chronicles Distilling in Cheyenne hosted a fundraiser for the McCollum family, raising more than $73,000 in the process.

Distillery co-owner Chase Lesher was a machine gunner in the Marines and served in Afghanistan, and his brother, co-owner Aaron Lesher, also served in Iraq in the Marines, which made them want to host the fundraiser.

“The news of the Marines and sailor that lost their lives during the bombing…angered us greatly,” Chase Lesher said in an announcement for the fundraiser. “Finding out that one of the Marines…was from Wyoming and had a wife with a child due within a month made it even more emotional for us.”

In addition to the fundraising effort by Chronicles, three GoFundMe pages have been launched in the wake of McCollum’s death, all raising money for McCollum’s wife and unborn child.

“Rest Easy USMC Rylee McCollum,” launched by Ryan Blair and Lalan Dewey, has raised more than $65,000.

The “Rylee McCollum Educational Trust” has raised nearly $22,000.

“An educational trust named ‘The Rylee McCollum Educational Trust’ is currently being formed with First Interstate Bank Wealth Management being named Trustee,” organizer David Cox wrote. “Rylee’s unborn child will receive 100% of all donations received.”

The largest GoFundMe page, “Rylee McCollum’s Child Education Fund,” has raised more than $667,000. Organizers Breach Supply Company said they are working directly with McCollum’s wife and will support the education and upbringing of their child.

In total, more than $827,610 has been raised for the family since McCollum was killed.

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Fallen Marine Rylee McCollum Receives Hero’s Welcome In Jackson

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily; photos by Daryl Hunter

Fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum received a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Jackson on Friday afternoon, with a police-escorted funeral process through downtown.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Jackson on Friday, holding American flags to honor the recently killed Marine.

The family, motorcyclists and law enforcement officers led a procession that went from the Jackson airport to the funeral home. No plans for McCollum’s funeral have been announced yet.

Multiple police officers from across the state, including Sweetwater County, were involved in the funeral procession for the Marine.

McCollum was one of 13 soldiers killed in Afghanistan last month as the United States military pulled out of the country after 20 years of fighting.

McCollum’s wife is due to give birth with their first, and only, child soon.

His mother, Kathy McCollum, recently sent a message to former President Donald Trump, saying that he should again run for president and that President Joe Biden was a “corrupt pseudo president.”

“Thank you, Kathy. America feels your loss and fully understands your pain. Rylee will never be forgotten,” Trump said in a message back to Kathy McCollum, which was posted on his website.

Kathy McCollum also called her son a sacrificial lamb and noted that Trump would never have allowed the Taliban to retake control of Afghanistan. Biden pulled out the military at the end of August after 20 years of war in the country.

“I can’t live with knowing my son’s life was taken for nothing,” Kathy McCollum said. “So Biden could repay his debt to China. They will now have full control of Afghanistan and my son will be a sacrificial lamb. My son was murdered for Biden optics. I will become more vocal soon. Grieving and not sure I can control my mouth.”

“But watched Biden disrespect my son while I was standing across from him and he was checking his watch, and then Pelosi denying my son recognition and turning her back. Just as she tore up Donald’s speech. We cannot give up our country. So even if no one gets back with me. I will always fight for the Trump administration just as my son did.”

The Marine’s father refused to meet with Biden after the soldier was killed and brought back to the United States.

“I had no desire to meet with the president,” Jim McCollum said.  “Everything he’s done [with the withdrawal from Afghanistan], every step along the way has been absolutely backwards.”

“A high school kid could make better decisions than they’ve made in this,” he said.

Originally it was reported that only the late Marine’s wife had stayed in the room to meet with Biden but McCollum’s sister, Cheyenne McCollum, also stuck around briefly.

“I chose to stay with my brother’s wife,” Cheyenne said. “She wanted the chance to look him in the eye and see if it was going to be a sincere conversation or apology. And I was able to stand about 15 seconds of his fake, scripted apology and I had to walk out.”

She said Biden wouldn’t at look her or at McCollum’s wife in the eye. Instead, she said, he looked down and showed no sympathy.

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Trump On Fallen Wyoming Marine: “Rylee Will Never Be Forgotten”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Former President Donald Trump addressed the mother of a recently killed Marine from Wyoming, saying the young man will never be forgotten.

Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum was one of 13 soldiers killed last month in Afghanistan.

His mother, Kathy McCollum, recently sent a message to Trump, saying that he should again run for president and that President Joe Biden was a “corrupt pseudo president.”

“Thank you, Kathy. America feels your loss and fully understands your pain. Rylee will never be forgotten,” Trump said in a message back to Kathy McCollum, which was posted on his website.

Kathy McCollum also called her son a sacrificial lamb and noted that Trump would never have allowed the Taliban to retake control of Afghanistan. Biden pulled out the military at the end of August after 20 years of war in the country.

“I can’t live with knowing my son’s life was taken for nothing,” Kathy McCollum said. “So Biden could repay his debt to China. They will now have full control of Afghanistan and my son will be a sacrificial lamb. My son was murdered for Biden optics. I will become more vocal soon. Grieving and not sure I can control my mouth.

But watched Biden disrespect my son while I was standing across from him and he was checking his watch, and then Pelosi denying my son recognition and turning her back. Just as she tore up Donald’s speech. We cannot give up our country. So even if no one gets back with me. I will always fight for the Trump administration just as my son did.”

Rylee McCollum’s wife is due to give birth with their first, and only, child soon.

The Marine’s father refused to meet with Biden after the soldier was killed and brought back to the United States.

“I had no desire to meet with the president,” Jim McCollum said.  “Everything he’s done [with the withdrawal from Afghanistan], every step along the way has been absolutely backwards.”

“A high school kid could make better decisions than they’ve made in this,” he said.

Originally it was reported that only the late Marine’s wife had stayed in the room to meet with Biden but McCollum’s sister, Cheyenne McCollum, also stuck around briefly.

“I chose to stay with my brother’s wife,” Cheyenne said. “She wanted the chance to look him in the eye and see if it was going to be a sincere conversation or apology. And I was able to stand about 15 seconds of his fake, scripted apology and I had to walk out.”

She said Biden wouldn’t at look her or at McCollum’s wife in the eye. Instead, she said, he looked down and showed no sympathy.

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Fallen Wyoming Marine’s Father Explains Why He Wouldn’t Meet With Biden

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Appearing on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning, the father of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum explained to host Brian Kilmeade why he avoided a meeting with President Joe Biden over the weekend.

McCollum’s father, Jim, and his daughters were in Dover, Delaware, to receive the body of his slain son, one of the 13 servicemen killed in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan last week.

When President Biden walked into the room where the ceremony was being held, Mr. McCollum walked out.

“I had no desire to meet with the president,” McCollum said.  “Everything he’s done [with the withdrawal from Afghanistan], every step along the way has been absolutely backwards.”

“A high school kid could make better decisions than they’ve made in this,” he said.

Originally it was reported that only the late Marine’s wife had stayed in the room to meet with Biden but McCollum’s sister, Cheyenne McCollum, also stuck around briefly.

“I chose to stay with my brother’s wife,” Cheyenne said. “She wanted the chance to look him in the eye and see if it was going to be a sincere conversation or apology. And I was able to stand about 15 seconds of his fake, scripted apology and I had to walk out.”

She said Biden wouldn’t at look her or at McCollum’s wife in the eye. Instead, she said, he looked down and showed no sympathy.

“It was more about his son,” Mr. McCollum said. “My son wasn’t mentioned. It was his son and about him.”

Mr. McCollum’s ex-wife, who lives in Montrose, Colorado, was much more caustic in her remarks about President Biden, telling interviewers that he was a “dementia-ridden piece of crap.”

Between sobs, she told talk show host Andrew Wilkow that her son “died in vain.”

“This was as unnecessary debacle which could have been handled properly,” she said.

The McCollum family was welcomed back to Jackson, Wyoming, on Monday afternoon by hundreds of well-wishers who lined Broadway Avenue in Jackson to watch the emotional motorcade.

“Welcome home to a hero’s family,” U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis said on Twitter. “My heart hurts for your family. My prayers join the chorus. I don’t have the right words so just thank you from me, Wyoming, and from an eternally grateful nation.”

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