In Honor of 4 Marines Who Lost Their Lives in Chattanooga Shooting (PHOTOS)

Jenny Erikson | Jul 17, 2015 Breaking
In Honor of 4 Marines Who Lost Their Lives in Chattanooga Shooting (PHOTOS)

On Thursday, four Marines lost their lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fired on them an AK-47 style weapon. The 24-year-old suspected shooter is now dead, but he killed some pretty extraordinary men before he was eventually gunned down by law enforcement.

Not much is known about Abdulazeez's motive for hitting two targets on Thursday. According to witnesses, Abdulazeez first shot through the glass doors of a military recruiting center in a strip mall, then drove in a rented silver Ford Mustang seven miles to a naval reserve center. He rammed into a gate at some point during his rampage and was killed by police.

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Four marines were tragically killed on their home turf, and we'd like to honor their service and memory here.

 

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  • Thomas Sullivan

    1

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    Forty-year-old Sgt. Thomas Sullivan was a Purple Heart recipient who survived two tours of duty in Iraq. He also earned a Combat Action medal and was a survivor of the 2005 Battle of Abu Ghraib. His friend Josh Parnell said, "There's no marine you would want that was better in combat than him."

  • Skip Wells

    2

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    Lance Cpl. Skip Wells was just 21, and the youngest of the four victims. He was from Marietta, Georgia, and his mom Cathy said that he "died doing what he loved for the love of his country and his family." Just last week he visited Disney World, where he was honored as a service member of the day.

  • David Wyatt

    3

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    Staff Sgt. David Wyatt specialized in field artillery, and served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Korea. He lived in Chattanooga with his wife and two children.

  • Carson Holmquist

    4

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    Sgt. Carson Holmquist just returned home from serving overseas in Afghanistan. The 25-year-old had a wife and toddler son.

     

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