Father of Slain Marine Finds Heartbreak Anew in Possible Russian Bounty
WASHINGTON — Erik Hendriks has largely avoided news reports since his son, Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, was killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan last April.
But the news that several American officials believe that a Russian military intelligence unit paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan has been impossible to ignore, especially as he has learned that the attack in which his son and two other Marines died may have been related to that effort.
“If it does come out as true, obviously the heartache would be terrible,” Mr. Hendriks said.
He is not a political person, Mr. Hendriks insists. While he does not usually vote, he described himself as a supporter of President Trump.
“I am a Republican and I am a Trump supporter,” he said. “But there would be no way he didn’t know about it if Russians were paying off these cowards like mafia payoff hit men. I would expect the government to have 1,000 percent support behind these warriors.”
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