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Birmingham City Councilors to Honor Marines Killed in an Attack at the Navy Reserve Support Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors will pause today to pay their respects to five marines who were killed in what officials are calling an “act of domestic terrorism.” As the nation continues to grieve the death of the fallen service members, an investigation is underway as to what led Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez to open fire at a military support center shooting seven people, including four Marines who died that day, and a fifth marine who passed over the weekend from injuries he sustained in the shooting. Family and friends of the fallen servicemen identified as Thomas Sullivan, Squire “Skip” Wells, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, and Randall Smith say they each had a passion for serving their country. Birmingham City Councilors want to honor their service by holding a moment of silence during today’s Council Meeting.

“Too often the men and women who protect our great country are forgotten about and their acts of duty swept under the rug,” Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty said. These men and women give so much everyday and it is my goal to ensure that their acts of patriotism are honored and recognized in the right manner.”

The shooting has prompted calls to arm military personnel at bases and other facilities, including recruiting centers, in the United States. In the 1990s, the Pentagon restricted who can carry weapons at domestic military facilities, allegedly to make them safer by allowing only military police to carry weapons in most situations. Elected officials say they are now looking at additional means to ensure that those who protect our country are safe on U.S. bases.

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.