Washington, D.C. – Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement mourning the passing of Rylee McCollum, a U.S. Marine from Wyoming who died yesterday following the terrorist attack in Afghanistan.

“I want to offer my deepest condolences to Rylee McCollum’s family and loved ones. His bravery and patriotism will never be forgotten. His willingness to put himself in harm’s way to keep our country safe and defend our freedom represents a level of selflessness and heroism that embodies the best of America. 

“We know that the McCollum family is grieving this tragic loss. I ask that people in Wyoming and across the country please keep those close to Rylee in their prayers, and remember that we are only free because of the courage and valor of service members like him.”     

Rylee McCollum was a native of Bondurant, WY, was a student at Jackson Hole High School, and was a 2019 graduate of Summit Innovations School in Jackson, WY.