SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson confirmed Friday morning that troopers were part of a multiple vehicle escort Friday carrying the bodies of Marines killed in Thursday’s shooting in Chattanooga.
The Marine Corps has identified the four men killed in an attack on military facilities in Tennessee.
They were identified Friday by the Marines as Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan of Hampden, Massachusetts; Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt of Burke, North Carolina; Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist of Polk, Wisconsin; and Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells of Cobb County, Georgia, who a family spokesman says went by “Skip.”
Sullivan was deployed twice during the Iraq war and received two Purple Hearts. Wyatt was deployed during both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, while Holmquist was deployed to Afghanistan.
THP Lt. Bill Miller said troopers were escorting the bodies of those killed up Interstate 81 to the Virginia state line, where Virginia State Police troopers were then set to take over the escort.
News Channel 11 crews spotted the convoy traveling through the Tri-Cities Friday morning at two separate locations.
Maj. Paul L. Greenberg, public affairs officer with the Office of U.S. Marine Corps Communication, said the convoy is heading to Dover, Delaware.
“Upon arrival, transfer cases will be draped and an honorable transfer will be conducted,” Greenberg said.
Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun released the following statement in regards to the shooting:The entire Navy Reserve Force extends its deepest sympathies to the families of the United States Marines who were tragically killed at Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the Navy Reserve Sailor who was critically wounded during yesterday’s shooting.The Navy/Marine Corps team and, indeed, all of the military are like family. And, as family does, we stand together with our primary focus being to assist those who have been affected by this senseless tragedy.We also want to thank the first responders in Chattanooga for their rapid response and support. As we move forward, the Navy Reserve is committed to working with law enforcement to ensure a full and thorough investigation.
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