Sergeant Carson Holmquist, 25, has been identified as one of the four Marines killed Thursday in the shooting at a military facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to the Burnett County Sentinel.
Authorities say Mohammod Youssof Abdulazeez killed the Marines and wounded three others, including a member of the Navy and a police officer. Abdulazeez was also killed. The FBI is leading the investigation into the shooting.
Here’s what you need to know about Holmquist:
1. He Is a Wisconsin Native
According to the Burnett County Sentinel, his hometown newspaper, Holmquist is from Grantsburg, Wisconsin.
“It’s a tough time right now,” his father, Tom Holmquist, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He was fighting for his country.”
His mother, Susan, told KARE that military personnel came to their door at about 7 p.m. Thursday night to notify them of Holmquist’s death.
“Please keep our fallen Marines in Tennessee and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr, Commandant of the Marine Corps, said in a statement. “Also pray for a speedy recovery of those wounded and affected by this tragedy. Our focus remains on supporting the families of our Marines.
The principal of Grantsburg Senior High School when Holmquist attended, Josh Watt, told KARE that it is a “tough day in Grantsburg,” which he called a “very patriotic community.”
Watt, who was also the high school’s football coach, said Holmberg graduated from the high school in 2008 and played football there for four years, including as a starting defensive back in his final two seasons with the team. He said Holmberg was a sportsman who enjoyed fishing nad hunting.
“I vividly remember when he came back to the high school after boot camp,” Watt told the Associated Press. “He was dressed in his blues and very proud of his accomplishment to have become a Marine.”
2. He Was Married & Had a Young Son
Holmquist is survived by his wife, Jasmine, and his 2-year-old son, Wyatt, according to his Facebook page.
3.He Returned From an Overseas Deployment Last May, His Second Tour in Afghanistan
Holmquist served in Afghanistan twice during his time in the Marines, including a 244-day deployment that he returned home from last May.
He joined the Marine Corps in 2009 and was stationed in Chattanooga as part of Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.
He was previously stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
4. He Was a Technician Who Earned Several Honors
Holmquist was an automotive maintenance technician and earned several medals and honors, including the Navy Marine Corps Achievement, two Sea Service Deployment ribbons, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and a Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, according to WQOW.
5. The 3 Other Slain Marines Have Also Been Identified
Wyatt, a 37, of Chattanooga, was the father of two children. Wells, 21, of Georgia, had recently enlisted in the Marine Corps. Sullivan, of Massachusetts, was a Purple Heart recipient who had been a Marine since 1997.
A fifth Marine was wounded in the shooting, along with a Navy sailor and Chattanooga Police Sergeant Dennis Pedigo.
All the victims were shot at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway. The gunman had previously opened fire on a recruiting center about eight miles away, firing dozens of bullets into the building, but no one there was injured.
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