US Marine slain in Chattanooga rampage mourned in Georgia

By REUTERS
July 22, 2015 05:04

 
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 Thousands of mourners gathered in Georgia on Tuesday night at a memorial service for US Marine Lance Corporal Squire K. "Skip" Wells, the youngest of five US servicemen killed when a gunman opened fire on military offices in Tennessee.

Wells, a 21-year-old reservist who graduated from Sprayberry High School in Marietta in 2012, was recalled as a marching band nerd who had recently returned from a trip to Disney World in Florida with his mother, Cathy Wells.

"Skip is our hero," high school teacher and band director Andy Esserwein told the throng assembled in the Sprayberry High School football stadium.

Wells and three other Marines were slain on Thursday when authorities say Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, opened fire at a recruiting office and Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga.

Three other people were injured in the attacks, including a US Navy sailor who later died. Wells is the first to be honored individually at a memorial service.

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