Biden to attend memorial service for Chattanooga shooting victims

Biden to attend memorial service for Chattanooga shooting victims

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WAFF) - Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service Saturday for the five military personnel killed July 16 in Chattanooga.

WRCB in Chattanooga reports that, in addition to Biden, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Tennessee Governor Tennessee Bill Haslam, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and City of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke are all expected to attend.

The service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga. The Marine Forces Reserve, Navy Reserve and City of Chattanooga will honor the Navy sailor and four Marines killed by a gunman in July.

The Marines killed in the attack were Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40, from Springfield, MA, Skip Wells of Marietta, GA., David Wyatt,37, of Hixon, TN., and Sgt. Carson Holmquist, 27, of Flintstone, GA. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith died two days after the shooting at a nearby hospital.

Police say Mohamad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on a recruiting office and then headed across town and blasted his way through a Navy-Marine reserve center. Abdulazeez was killed in a shootout with police.

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